Debating Points: How Will Olympian Record Holder Fare In The NFL?

Photo taken by Matthews Lewis/Getty Images Europe
Photo taken by Matthews Lewis/Getty Images Europe

Lawrence Okoye holds a British record for Olympic discus. Okoye, however, ventured westward to the United States to pursue a career in the NFL. 

Two primetime defensive ends in the 2013 draft are from foreign countries. Ekeziel Ansah is from Ghana, meanwhile Margus Hunt is from Estonia.

Another foreign defensive end will enter the draft. His story is unlike Ansah’s and Hunt’s, respectively, because he never played a down of American football in his life.

Meet Lawrence Okoye, a British disc thrower who is a flat-out tank. With a 6’6″, 305-pound frame, Okoye will be one heckuva defensive end.

He supposedly ran a 4.78 40-yard dash, tagged with a 10’5″ broad jump and a 35-inch vertical jump at the NFL Super Regional Combine.

The recent surge for athletic defensive ends has soared in recent years. South Carolina Gamecocks (NCAA) DE Jadeveon Clowney headlines a list of young defensive ends who are changing the game of football.

Anyhow, Okoye is a great athlete for his size, and certainly has potential. His level of success will come down to how he can adjust to the game of football. Since most other NFL players have been playing for ten-plus years, his lack of inexperience will be his biggest obstacle.

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