I attended the NFL Super Regional Combine at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday and out of the more than 100 athletes who worked out, to my eye, Lawrence Okoye of England stood out the most. Of the guys there, he seemed to be the class of the defensive linemen.
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. It was amazing to see how good many of the players looked, albeit while only in shorts and shirts.
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 broad jump and a 35-inch vertical jump. His arms were measured to be 35 inches long.
It looked like from the group that worked out Sunday, about half will be given the opportunity to sign with a team as a free agent and attend training camp. Okoye looked like he could be drafted. He was unbelievably active and incredibly explosive in drills. It was a real, first-class show.
The guy right behind him is Louis Nzegwu. He was in the draft last year and went to training camp with a team. He’s a guy that could be signed immediately. Another DL to keep an eye on is Gerald Rivers of Ole Miss.