Around the NFC West: Okoye and rookies

Good morning, NFC West. This week will culminate with all four teams from the division holding rookie minicamps Friday through Sunday.

Around the NFC West: May 6, 2013

The 2013 draft choices will get much of the attention. Undrafted rookies will outnumber them, and a few head into camps with some relative fanfare.

Linebacker Jonathan Stewart of the St. Louis Rams and safety Tony Jefferson of the Arizona Cardinals caught Mel Kiper Jr.'s attentionInsider among undrafted rookies.

The San Francisco 49ers' Lawrence Okoye is getting more acclaim than either. The 6-foot-6, 304-pound Olympic discus thrower from Britain is easily the most intriguing prospect among undrafted players in NFC West camps.

The balance, power, length and explosive movements common to the discus translate well to the defensive line in American football. Okoye lit up a regional scouting combine in Dallas by covering 40 yards in 4.78 seconds. Okoye also leapt 10-foot-5 in the broad jump and 35 inches in the vertical jump.

Okoye has never played football, however, so we're left to project. The 49ers will get a better idea at their rookie camp beginning Friday. They won't be able to assess Okoye in full-contact drills until training camps begin in late July and early August.