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Lions DE Romeo Okwara has hilarious reaction to NFL Combine mixup

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By: Jeremy Reisman

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The official NFL Africa account mixed up Romeo Okwara for a 2024 NFL Draft prospect, and the Lions defensive end had a hilarious reaction.

Saturday was an eventful day at the NFL Combine. Texas receiver Xavier Worthy set the all-time Combine record with a blazing 4.21 40-yard dash, while several quarterback prospects wowed with their arm strength in Indianapolis. But, oddly, Detroit Lions defensive end Romeo Okwara was unwittingly pulled into the event, thanks to a mixup in Twitter accounts.

Washington receiver Rome Odunze—one of the best prospects in the the 2024 NFL Draft class—ran an impressive 4.47 40-yard dash, but when the official NFL Africa Twitter account posted a congratulations to Odunze for his solid time, they accidentally tagged Okwara.

It’s a harmless mistake. Both players come from Nigerian descent, hence the attention from the NFL Africa account. And Okwara was a good sport about it, too. In fact, he had a great response to the tweet:

Indeed, it would be absurd for Okwara—a 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive lineman—to run a 4.47. In case you’re wondering, Okwara ran a 4.9 in his 40-yard dash back in 2016

Okwara signed a three-year, $39 million deal with the Lions back in 2021. With those three seasons now expired, the veteran defensive lineman is set to become an unrestricted free agent in just over a week (March 13) should he not sign an extension with the Lions before then. Earlier this offseason Romeo’s brother—Julian—signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

For more on the 2024 NFL Combine, check out our Combine result series that has been running all week.

Originally posted on Pride Of Detroit