Julian Okwara drafted by Lions, his brother Romeo’s team

Julian Okwara drafted by Lions, his brother Romeo’s team

They took nearly identical paths from Nigeria to America, but Julian and Romeo Okwara were never able to play together. Not in high school or college. But now, at the highest level of the sport, the two defensive linemen will be able to call one another teammates for the first time.

The Lions made that a reality on Friday night in the 2020 NFL Draft, by selecting Julian in the third round (67th overall) out of Notre Dame, reuniting him with Romeo.

“We about to be roommates, bro,” Julian told Romeo in a video posted by Roc Nation Sports after getting off the phone with the Lions.

The Nigerian natives both attended Ardrey Kell High School (N.C.) and Notre Dame. Romeo went undrafted before signing with the Giants and then getting picked up by the Lions in 2018. He appeared in 24 games last year, making 28 tackles and notching 1.5 sacks. Julian was a better college prospect, producing 13 sacks the past two years.

Julian and Romeo Okwara
Julian and Romeo OkwaraAP; Getty Images

“He was excited, too,” Julian, 22, said of the 24-year-old Romeo, in a conference call with Lions reporters. “Looking forward to being in the same city. Me learning through him, with him. I’m excited for that.”

The Okwaras will be the fourth pair of brothers that are currently teammates, joining Jason and Devin McCourty with the Patriots, Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin with the Seahawks, and Trey and Terrell Edmunds with the Steelers.

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