Lawrence Okoye Will Be The Surprise Draftee Of The 2013 NFL Draft!
Photograph: Tony Gutierrez/AP
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
There will be at least one player, by the name of Lawrence Okoye, that will be Drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft that has NEVER put on a football uniform. What are you talking about? In a day of Computors, Stopwatches, and all kinds of other Scouting Information, how could a player be Drafted in the NFL Draft that has NEVER played the game?
It’s been awhile, but I can remember another player in 1961 that NEVER played Football, but was invited to the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp, made the team, and then played 13 years in the NFL for the Cowboys.
Cornell Green was a Three-Time All-Skyline Conference and Two-Time All-American Basketball Forward for Utah State. Green was a Super Athlete who set a career rebounding record for Utah State with 1,067 Boards and he also averaged 23 points per game from his Shooting Forward position. The intriguing thing about Green was that he was also 6-3 or better and he could jump out of the Gym.
Dallas Cowboys Super Scout Gil Brandt got a tip about Green and invited him to come to Dallas Cowboys Training Camp. Up to this time, this move by Brandt proved to be one of the All-Time Innovative Scouting Moves in NFL History, because Green, not only made the Dallas Cowboys Team, but he played 13 years in the NFL and was All-Pro in seven of those seasons.
Green, not only made 145 straight career starts, but he helped lead the Cowboys to Back-To-Back Super Bowl appearances in 1970 and 1971, including the 1971 Super Bowl VI Championship. Green also started his 33 year NFL Scouting career in 1970 as a player and Talent Scout and he was a Dallas Cowboys Talent Scout in 1975-76 when I was also with the Dallas Cowboys. Cornell Green is currently in his 26th year as a Talent Scout with the Denver Broncos.
Okoye is another Super Athlete from another Sport that has decided to try his hand and play a different Sport than the one that he is Super Star. Okoye was a 2012 Discus Olympic Finalist and his startling journey to a NFL Super Combine is unbelievable.
Lawrence Okoye is a Super Athletic Freak who Finished Fourth in the Olympic Finals for Great Britain at London and is getting ready to not only make a Career Change, but he is getting ready to make a Sport Change!
A few months ago, Okoye came to America to start training seriously for the Summer World Championship in Moscow. Okoye was in Atlanta and read about an NFL Regional Scouting Combine on March 17 in Atlanta. Although he had NEVER played Football, he knew that he had some great Athletic skills and abilities and so he decided to sign-up for the Super Scouting Combine.
“I knew that the Combine was for underrated players that were not expected to be drafted in the NFL Draft, so I decided to give it a try and so I went on the website and applied,” said Okoye. “There were around 600 players who had applied and I was one of them. Shortly after I applied, the phone started ringing and the word got out about me,” said Okoye.
Okoye was the most impressive player at the Atlanta Scouting Combine and he was then invited to attend the Super Regional Scouting Combine at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on April 7. And this is where the fun began.
Although Okoye has NEVER put on a Football Uniform, he looks like an unbelievable player and he moves around with tremendous speed, great agility, and unbelievable quickness. Watching him do his drills in Dallas Cowboys Stadium, it’s just “Mind-Boggling” that this guy has NEVER played Football. In fact, Okoye was the most impressive Defensive Lineman in Dallas Cowboy Stadium at the Regional Scouting Combine and his Measurables were even more Mind-Boggling.
Here is a Defensive Lineman whose Measurables are 6-5.5 and 304, with a 4.85 or better in the Forty, 36 Vertical Jump, an amazing 4.38 in the Pro-Shuttle, another amazing 125 in the Standing Broad Jump, and 30 reps of 225 on the Bench Press. With these Measurables, Okoye records a 2,108 MEARS RATING as a Defensive Tackle.
Here is a player who is basically 6-6 and 304 and he jumped higher in the Vertical Jump and further in the Standing Broad Jump than some Running Backs. Okoye already has NFL Scouts drooling over his overall potential.
“Most teams are projecting me as a Defensive End in a 3-4 Defense, but some are projecting me as a Defensive Tackle in a 4-3 Defense,” said Okoye. “I did not come here just to make the team. I want to be the best Defensive End in the NFL, but it is going to take time.”
Gil Brandt found Cornell Green a few years ago and he was also in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium for the 2013 Super Regional Scouting Combine. “Lawrence Okoye stood out the most of any Defensive Lineman and he was the most impressive Defensive Lineman here today,” said Brandt.