British Olympian Okoye signs with 49ers

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Lawrence Okoye's bizarre journey to the NFL will make its first official stop with the San Francisco 49ers.

The British Olympian who decided to take a stab at a professional football career only a few months ago, announced on Twitter following the end of the NFL Draft on Saturday that he has agreed to a contract with the 49ers.

Okoye finished 12th in the discus in the London Olympics last summer, and signed up for a regional draft combine in Atlanta, where he had moved to train in warmer weather.

Okoye vaulted up draft boards in recent weeks despite having never played a down of football, but ultimately went undrafted. He landed in a good spot with the 49ers, who have a loaded roster and spent several of their 11 draft picks on boom-or-bust type prospects.

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.

"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."
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