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Draft Scout Lawrence Okoye News
08/28/13 - DE Lawrence Okoye was placed on reserve/injured by the 49ers Wednesday.
08/28/13 - DE Lawrence Okoye (knee) was waived/injured by the 49ers Tuesday. He will be placed on reserve/injured after clearing waivers.
08/11/13 - DL Lawrence Okoye, who is attempting to transition from British Olympian (discus) to NFL defensive lineman, registered four snaps, not including a pair of kneel downs. He wasn't involved in any of the four plays.
07/31/13 - DL Lawrence Okoye, who has never played a down of football, finally got to showcase what he can do in pads. It was a welcome sight for coach Jim Harbaugh, who noticed a big difference in the former British Olympian's presence once he was able to showcase his physicality.
"The most noticeable thing is he appears to be a better player in pads, which wasn't going to be my first thought. His arm length really shows up in pads. He was wearing pads, other guys wearing pads. Now, the arm length, to be able to put his hands on somebody and lock them up was noticeable. So, we were all in uncharted waters and he looked better in pads."
04/29/13 - San Francisco spent a second-round pick on Florida State defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, who is coming off knee surgery, and a fourth-rounder on running back Marcus Lattimore, who is trying to return from a gruesome knee injury last season. They also snagged a few big “projects,” including South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels in the seventh round and Oyoke in free agency. Okoye will put his career in Olympic sport as well as law school on hold to pursue a career in the NFL.
"I am blessed with abilities, and I want to make the best of them," Okoye told NFLDraftScout.com last week. "I have this opportunity to play football now, so I will address it now. There is time for the discus. There is time for college and the law. I have many goals and only one life. I want to pursue my goals, my dreams." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange