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Great Britain discus thrower Lawrence Okoye is a raw athlete trying to make it in the NFL, and it's fair to say it's quite a long shot, but the San Francisco 49ers don't see any problem with trying.
Okoye joined other ookies at the team's minicamp, and admits it will be slow and drawn out learning process in transitioning to an NFL defensive end. The 49ers drafted him solely on his impressive athleticism at the NFL Super Regional Combine in Dallas.
"I got a couple calls wrong but it's all part of the learning process," Okoye said, via The Mercury News. "As it went on, I got more and more comfortable.
"When we went up against the O-line, it got a bit more difficult but I adjusted. That's what's going to keep happening. I'm going to go up and down, up and down, as I carry on learning how to play this position, how to play this sport."
He says most of his knowledge of the game is from watching games on TV back in England. He's now getting tutelage from defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, who spent a lot of time coahcing in NFL Europe. "There's a lot of prep we have to do in the classroom before we get on the pitch -- or the field, or whatever you guys call it," said Okoye, likely unaware how truly great that language slip-up actually was. "I'm just trying to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible. They're being great with me. They're not going to force feed me."
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