Jim Harbaugh: 'Lawrence Okoye is a great physical specimen'

British Olympian Lawrence Okoye participates in a defensive ends position drill during the NFL super regional football combine on April 7, 2013
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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh says that new signing Lawrence Okoye is a great physical specimen.

Jim Harbaugh has praised Lawrence Okoye's physical attributes after the British discus record holder signed for the San Francisco 49ers.

The 21-year-old, who is expected to be a defensive end, joined the Super Bowl runners-up as a free agent at the weekend.

The head coach told reporters: "He's just an Adonis, just a great physical specimen of a man. I can think of some other adjectives. Our Creator created a beautiful man.

"So, you maybe start to put the pieces together and say, taking on football at this time in his life, I can see this guy doing it."

Okoye impressed NFL scouts during workouts at the regional combines earlier this month, despite having never played American football before.

British Olympian Lawrence Okoye participates in a defensive ends position drill during the NFL super regional football combine on April 7, 2013
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