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Could this be the other Ansah to our DE problems?

Lawrence Okoye, DE (6-foot-5 3/8, 304 pounds) - An Olympic discus thrower, Okoye reportedly turned down an offer to attend Oxford University to try out for the NFL. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.88 and 4.78 seconds. He performed the short shuttle in 4.38 seconds, had a 10-foot-5 (126") broad jump and a 35-inch vertical jump. His arms were measured to be 35 inches long.

-Gill Brandt

Comparison to other workouts:

2013 top 10 defensive linemen performers in the 40 yard dash
Williams, Trevardo Connecticut DL 4.57
Mingo, Barkevious LSU DL 4.58
Hunt, Margus SMU DL 4.60
Jordan, Dion Oregon DL 4.60
Lemonier, Corey Auburn DL 4.60
Ansah, Ziggy BYU DL 4.63
Powell, Ty Harding DL 4.64
Taylor, Devin South Carolina DL 4.72
Buchanan, Michael Illinois DL 4.78
Edwards, Lavar LSU DL 4.80
2013 top 10 defensive linemen performers in the 20 yard shuttle
Ansah, Ziggy BYU DL 4.26
Taylor, Devin South Carolina DL 4.30
Jones, Datone UCLA DL 4.32
Bass, David Missouri Western DL 4.33
Jordan, Dion Oregon DL 4.35
Mingo, Barkevious LSU DL 4.39
Smith, Jared New Hampshire DL 4.39
Lemonier, Corey Auburn DL 4.40
Powell, Ty Harding DL 4.40
Werner, Bjoern Florida St. DL 4.40
2013 top 10 defensive linemen performers in the broad jump
Mingo, Barkevious LSU DL 128.0
Taylor, Devin South Carolina DL 128.0
Williams, Trevardo Connecticut DL 124.0
Jordan, Dion Oregon DL 122.0
Moore, Damontre Texas A&M DL 122.0
Powell, Ty Harding DL 122.0
Hunt, Margus SMU DL 121.0
Edwards, Lavar LSU DL 119.0
Lemonier, Corey Auburn DL 119.0
Ansah, Ziggy BYU DL 118.0
2013 top 10 defensive linemen performers in the vertical jump
Williams, Trevardo Connecticut DL 38.0
Mingo, Barkevious LSU DL 37.0
Powell, Ty Harding DL 37.0
Moore, Damontre Texas A&M DL 35.5
Taylor, Devin South Carolina DL 35.0
Williams, Nate Ohio St. DL 35.0
Ansah, Ziggy BYU DL 34.5
Hunt, Margus SMU DL 34.5
Montgomery, Sam LSU DL 34.5
Kruger, Joe Utah DL 34.0


I suppose it's no surprise to see an Olympic athlete perform in the top 10 of every category we have a comparable number for. Though just to splash some cool perspective, this guy outweighed Ziggy Ansah, Margus Hunt, and Bjoern Werner by 30+ pounds, and Dion Jordan by over 50 lbs at the time of his workout! No matter what formula you use to measure a prospect this guy blew up his workout in Arlington and sealed himself as a draft-able player.

Yes there is always a catch...no one knows if this guy can even play a lick of football. However considering his young age (21) and his intelligence (Oxford wanted him), he leaves plenty of room for speculation that he can make a starting lineup eventually. He is another Julius Thomas type of project that could be had mid-late in this draft, and if anyone can find a place for this guy I would say Del Rio is the man for the job. Anyone else drooling at the possibility of this runaway freight train absolutely wrecking opposing offenses for the Broncos?

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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