Originally written April 28, 2013 on NFL Injury Report:
There are always a few notable undrafted free agent signings across the NFL, but none carries with it the level of intrigue than that of former British discus thrower Lawrence Okoye, who inked a deal with the San Francisco 49ers. Okoye burst onto the scene during the super regional combine in Dallas. He’s a massive individual – standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 305 pounds – but he amazed with his speed and quickness at the combine. He posted a 10-foot-5 broad jump, a 35-inch vertical jump and a 4.78 40-yard dash. This led 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to tell reporters – including Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee – that he felt “inadequate” standing next to Okoye. Asked what he thought of Okoye, Jim Harbaugh said, "Inadequate -- that was my first impression standing next to him." Harbaugh called Okoye "an Adonis, a great physical specimen of a man" and said, "Our creator created a beautiful man." Okoye’s story becomes even more intriguing when you find out that he’s never played American football in his life. He’ll begin his career as a defensive end for the 49ers. One reason San Francisco could have for taking a flier on Okoye is that he didn’t start throwing discus until he was 18 years old. Two years later he was in the Olympics. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?
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