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.
Comparison to other workouts:
|2013 top 10 defensive linemen performers in the 40 yard dash|
|Taylor, Devin||South Carolina||DL||4.72|
|2013 top 10 defensive linemen performers in the 20 yard shuttle|
|Taylor, Devin||South Carolina||DL||4.30|
|Bass, David||Missouri Western||DL||4.33|
|Smith, Jared||New Hampshire||DL||4.39|
|Werner, Bjoern||Florida St.||DL||4.40|
|2013 top 10 defensive linemen performers in the broad jump|
|Taylor, Devin||South Carolina||DL||128.0|
|Moore, Damontre||Texas A&M||DL||122.0|
|2013 top 10 defensive linemen performers in the vertical jump|
|Moore, Damontre||Texas A&M||DL||35.5|
|Taylor, Devin||South Carolina||DL||35.0|
|Williams, Nate||Ohio St.||DL||35.0|
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?