By Brian Kotloff
April 07, 2013

(Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) British discus thrower Lawrence Okoye is attempting to transition into an NFL defensive lineman. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Six-foot-five, 304-pound 21-year-old old Lawrence Okoye already holds the record for the longest discus throw in British track and field history.

He could soon be drafted into the NFL.

The potential defensive lineman, who turned down an offer to attend Oxford University, impressed at Sunday's NFL Super Regional Combine in Dallas on Sunday, according to's Gil Brandt, a longtime NFL talent evaluator.

Okoye ran the 40-yard dash in 4.88 and 4.78 seconds and the shuttle in 4.38 seconds, and posted a 10-foot-5 broad jump and 35-inch vertical.

"He was unbelievably active and incredibly explosive in drills," Brandt wrote. "It was a real, first-class show."

Okoye, a London native and former rugby player who finished twelfth in the discus throw at the 2012 Summer Olympics, said last week that five teams have shown interest in him.

He was one of 219 players invited to the Super Regional Combine after not being invited to main combine in Indianapolis in February.


The Super Regional Combine will be held on Sunday and Monday, with 219 players selected from the nine previous Regional Combines participating. These are players with no college eligibility left, some former NFL players and some aspiring NFL players who weren’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. Half of the 219 invited worked out Sunday, the rest will work out the following day.

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