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British discus thrower lands with 49ers

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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 made the announcement on his Twitter page, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

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 to 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.

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45 Responses to “British discus thrower lands with 49ers”
  1. bigbrad184 says: Apr 27, 2013 8:53 PM

    Definitely worth a look as a UDFA. Good luck Mr. Okoye.

  2. snap0179 says: Apr 27, 2013 8:53 PM

    ‘I’m in the empire building business!’

  3. jeremywflores says: Apr 27, 2013 8:54 PM

    “He ran forty times of 4.78 and 4.88 with a 10-foot-5 broad jump and 35-inch vertical, which is crazy for a 304-pound lineman.”

    Gahdamn, how can we keep this guy on this loaded roster? PLEASE DON’T PUT HIM ON THE PRACTICE SQUAD UNLESS YOU WANT A SMART TEAM TO TAKE HIM.

  4. mxplorer1 says: Apr 27, 2013 8:55 PM

    I’ll say this much: Niners definitely have the right coach to teach this kid in Jim Tomsula.

    Wish him all the best.

  5. sammyias says: Apr 27, 2013 8:56 PM

    The 49ers coaching staff can waste time teaching a guy football, rather than teaching football players how to play better football?

    I think they are trying to get a little too cute with their success.

  6. jollyfunday says: Apr 27, 2013 8:58 PM

    I hoped that Seattle would pick him up as undrafted FA. Of course Harbaugh snagged him just like that.

  7. jayovalentine says: Apr 27, 2013 8:58 PM

    Hope he works out better than Brock Lesnar did with the Vikings.

  8. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Apr 27, 2013 8:59 PM

    one of the poitions, other than rb, that a pure athlete an quickly learn and excell. much like rb Christian okoye did, coincidentally..

  9. redwoodking says: Apr 27, 2013 8:59 PM

    Great Luxury pick

  10. granadafan says: Apr 27, 2013 9:00 PM

    Rugby players have great tackling technique. Now they’ll juat have to teach him how to play the game and put pads on

  11. 49ertrojanmann says: Apr 27, 2013 9:01 PM

    Love it

    at worst, he doesn’t learn the game and gets cut, at best he learns the game and becomes a dominant player given his physical traits.

  12. followme2boston says: Apr 27, 2013 9:04 PM

    Of course he does.

  13. themagicman1223 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:04 PM

    This guy is going to become a good football player, you know the 9ers are going to develop him correctly.

  14. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Apr 27, 2013 9:09 PM

    But can he play safety?

  15. natijim235 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:10 PM

    new bengal margus hunt from estonia discus thrower AND shot putt champion > british discus thrower

  16. baymac408 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:13 PM

    Now go get kwame geathers from Georgia PLEASE!!!! We need beast dt to plug like issac sopoaga

  17. red sky at night says: Apr 27, 2013 9:16 PM

    The rich keep getting richer.

  18. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 27, 2013 9:22 PM

    if I have to hear one more thing about the rich getting richer….

    Seriously, when is the last time that a Superbowl loser had success the following year?

  19. vaphinfan says: Apr 27, 2013 9:30 PM

    wow……i guess anyone who wants to try to play n the nfl can if they are big enough. After this the nfl is a joke. Harbaugh is wasting picks now

  20. mmsierra says: Apr 27, 2013 9:56 PM

    jollyfunday says: Apr 27, 2013 8:58 PM

    I hoped that Seattle would pick him up as undrafted FA. Of course Harbaugh snagged him just like that.
    ——————————————————-
    Don’t worry
    You guys got Alabama NT Jesse Williams
    I’d rather have him than the shot putter

  21. smcgaels1997 says: Apr 27, 2013 10:03 PM

    The 49ers coaching staff can waste time teaching a guy football, rather than teaching football players how to play better football?

    I think they are trying to get a little too cute with their success.
    _________________________________
    I’d say that’s the most retarded comment ever , but that’s a disrespect to the challenged.

    Cute with their success…I see how about you put on some pads and see how cute they are.

  22. sfm073 says: Apr 27, 2013 10:16 PM

    Makes more sense for a bad team to take a chance on him. Good teams need all the depth they can get so they can stay good. He’s taking the roster spot from what could end up being a starter for them.

  23. 49erstim says: Apr 27, 2013 10:20 PM

    I love me some NFL Draft! Great time to be a football fan!

  24. jrazz22 says: Apr 27, 2013 10:37 PM

    if I have to hear one more thing about the rich getting richer….

    Seriously, when is the last time that a Superbowl loser had success the following year?
    ——————————————————–
    The rich keep getting richer…

    Why don’t you tell us what your definition of success is? Is it when you get through the night without wetting the bed?

  25. ddjesus says: Apr 27, 2013 10:41 PM

    What a great pickup! Now they only have to teach him literally everything about the game of football.

  26. beauregard says: Apr 27, 2013 10:43 PM

    Offensive tackles in the NFL have become elite athletes in their own right. They also have years and years of experience between Division 1 NCAA and their NFL experience. Now a guy who has some athletic gifts but ZERO experience is going to come in and compete? Even the 32nd rated starting left tackle in the NFL would eat this guys lunch. He would be a huge liability in a NFL game where one small mistake can yield 7 points.

  27. hawkstradamus says: Apr 27, 2013 10:43 PM

    As a seahawks fan I like this. Parity makes the game so much more interesting. So much more satisfying to watch kaepernick flounder and flail in futility at the Clink than it was to watch the likes or Cody Picket

  28. urfinished says: Apr 27, 2013 10:51 PM

    Anyone that thinks this guy is ever playing a single nfl down is an idiot.

  29. turbo2728 says: Apr 28, 2013 12:09 AM

    As someone living in the UK who has had to listen to this guy go on about how he will tear the league up, I hope the 9ers get a player who’s attitude is as good as his physical talent.

  30. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Apr 28, 2013 12:13 AM

    A number of my fellow Americans rip this guy, but I admire and respect the guy for throwing his hat in the ring — something not many posters in here would do.

    I am not a ‘Niner fan, but I truly wish Lawrence Okoye well. Every sentiment I’ve ever seen him utter exudes nothing but class. As Americans, we should embrace a classy athlete who wants to compete at the highest level in “our” game.

    Here’s hoping that Okoye really thrives in the NFL. Besides that, the Brits are our brothers – nearly all of them fight and compete with honor.

  31. bryans49ers says: Apr 28, 2013 1:34 AM

    Aldon Smith better stop quiting on plays and getting to the qb. . His potential replacement has arrived as long as he gets tooled up by mid season

  32. 49ersnation27 says: Apr 28, 2013 1:44 AM

    He is 6 ft 6 308 lbs runs 4.7 forty rugby background at 18 started disc throwing two years later Olympics thrower we signed him as a udfa calm down people not like we drafted him if he can’t pick up football we move on he is a fast learning see what happens 49ers actually develop players 49ers chasing 6 49ers all the way!!!

  33. thermalito says: Apr 28, 2013 2:21 AM

    wow this guy is a physical freak. Seems like a good guy too. I really hope he makes it!

  34. hendeeze says: Apr 28, 2013 2:49 AM

    If only the Niners had a guy with experience teaching european players how to play football…

    Oh right! They do, Current 49ers Defensive Line Coach used to the be Head Coach for the NFLE Reign Fire.

  35. forever9ers says: Apr 28, 2013 4:17 AM

    Niners’ own Margus Hunt experiment begins. Coming from rugby background means he’s not totally unfamiliar with tackling the ball carrier. And he’s 5 yr. younger than Hunt.

  36. fishyinalittledishy says: Apr 28, 2013 7:21 AM

    Hope he he makes it i really do believe me being a Brit i would love it to have another non kicker make NFL along with the Ex Soccer, Basketball and Boxer chap the Raiders drafted from the Seminoles but for somebody to start from scratch at this of all the sports no chance. But love the fact somebody is wiling to give the man a chance.

  37. toonloonboon says: Apr 28, 2013 8:03 AM

    theyve also hired an elephant to kick field goals

  38. billh1947 says: Apr 28, 2013 8:38 AM

    “Hope he works out better than Brock Lesnar did with the Vikings.”
    Or Tony Mandarich,another man mountain with the Packers who supposedly was to actually know the game of football already.

  39. inyofaceagain says: Apr 28, 2013 8:44 AM

    He doesn’t even understand what football is.
    He thinks its soccer

  40. atthemurph says: Apr 28, 2013 8:51 AM

    Renaldo Nehemiah….

  41. inyofaceagain says: Apr 28, 2013 9:57 AM

    Funny how Niners fans equate this to a major signing.

    Every NFL team passed this guy up many times.

  42. fanfrommontreal says: Apr 28, 2013 11:41 AM

    “So all they have to do now is to teach him to play football”
    Really?

    That sounds like those who said last year “All the Jets have to do now is to teach Tim Tebow the fundamentals of throwing the football and he will be a great QB”.

    There is a nice expression to describe that kind of thinking, it is call “wishful thinking”.

    At best he will become another Workout Warrior like Dontarie Poe.

  43. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Apr 29, 2013 10:41 AM

    His sole purpose and mission in life is to end that annoying midget QB’s career they have up in Baja Canada AKA the armpit of the west coast.

  44. chaps11 says: Apr 29, 2013 10:52 AM

    4th graders can play football. You don’t have to play to understand it. Besides, everyones being too critical- he probably won’t see diddly for game time, and if he does- well its gonna be awesome or hilarious!

  45. my2cents27 says: May 1, 2013 12:51 PM

    @peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea
    You said:
    His sole purpose and mission in life is to end that annoying midget QB’s career they have up in Baja Canada AKA the armpit of the west coast.

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    I don’t think you will ever see this but that comment made me laugh so hard I nearly choked!!
    Ur a funny dude!! haa..

    I wish Okaye the best, he has everything he needs to be a great success in this league!! Harbaugh may have caught that infamous “Lightning in a bottle” with this pick”!!

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