Saturday, April 27, 2013

British discus thrower with no football experience lands with 49ers

The rich keep getting richer.

Lawrence Okoye, a British Olympian with no football experience but impressive physical skills, went undrafted this weekend.  He has chosen the NFC champion 49ers as his first football destination. Okoye will sign a three-year contract with the 49ers.

Okoye made the announcement on his Twitter page, via Matt Maiocco of

The 21-year-old Okoye holds the British record for throwing a discus.  A former Rugby player as well, Okoye never has played football.

The 49ers will now teach him how to play football. With so many great players already in place, the Niners can afford to roll the dice with a periodic project.  At six feet, six inches and capable of running a sub-4.8-second 40, Okoye will become a defensive end in San Fran.

Jim Harbaugh said giving him a chance to learn from defensive line coach Jim Tomsula may enable him to become a top-level football player.

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