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Lawrence Okoye (seen here) was an Olympic discuss thrower for Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Before that he was a rugby player.
In other words, Okoye has made a transition from one sport to another successfully. He is now trying to transition to football. Standing 6'5", 304 pounds, Okoye has all the traits to become a successful NFL nose tackle, especially in a defense which uses 4-3 concepts like Rob Ryan's does.
The Saints brought Okoye in for a workout Friday, April 12. Okoye has risen up draft boards due to his being a workout warrior and likely the fact he's made a successful transition from one sport to another already in his brief athletic career.
Though the Saints only possess five picks in the draft, the roster is stacked with depth. Nose tackle seems to be taken care of already with Brodrick Bunkley and Akiem Hicks. The team could also still make a play for Alan Branch or Sione Pouha if they leave the 2013 draft without a player they deem better than those two, right now.
Make no mistake, Okoye would be considered a project. For that reason, the San Francisco 49ers seem the better fit. San Francisco is the other team who has worked out Okoye and shown genuine interest, as reported by Pro Football Talk.
Still, it is possible the Saints could make this pick, since the team took a chance on Jimmy Graham after he played just one season of college football after playing basketball his first three years at Miami.