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Prospect Profiles: CB/S Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (Indiana PA)


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 I had this done before Fuchs posted his own preview on Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, but since it’s already done I’ll put out my own view.

Check out some of the last few (Donald Butler, John Jerry etc) and let me know what you think of those prospects!

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6’0 205 pounds. 4.47 40 yard dash (reportedly 4.3 range 40 at his pro day), 21 reps at 225 pounds. 


Scouting Reports

Owusu-Ansah is an outstanding player at the division II level that will need to make the transition to the talent in the NFL. He is an athletic defender that can play as a rolled up corner in cover two or possible a safety in the box. Owusu-Ansah has excellent instincts and ball skills to maintain leverage as a run defender as well as making plays in the passing game. He is as solid rap tackler and can contribute on coverage units (special teams) as well as being an excellent return specialist at this level. Owusu-Ansah is a prospect that may take a year or two to make the jump to the next level but has the raw athleticism, attitude and measurables to develop into a solid NFL player.

Indiana (Pa.) S/KR Akwasi Owusu-Ansah: Like Johnson, he’s a Division II guy. But unlike Johnson, he’s flying atop the radar. And speaking of “flying,” Owusu-Ansah did just that at Ohio State’s pro day with a 40 that was timed in the low 4.3s. Last season, he had eight interceptions and, in a stat that’s perhaps more impressive, only 14 tackles. Why is that impressive? Because it shows teams weren’t throwing his way that often. Owusu-Ansah won’t be shown that much respect in the NFL right away – well, at least not on defense. As a returner, he has the potential to help a team immediately and that’s why he’ll probably come off the board in the second or third round.

After two years playing behind veteran corners for IUP, Owusu-Ansah came into his own as a junior in 2008 and grabbed the spotlight as a senior. He should follow in the footsteps of former Division II standout cornerbacks Ricardo Colclough, Drayton Florence and Danieal Manning as a top-100 pick.With eight interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 2008, teams stayed away from Owusu-Ansah last fall. His 27 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups were good enough for first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-West and second-team AP Little All-American honors.He was also all-conference as a return specialist. Owusu-Ansah returned three punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns in ’09. In the previous two seasons, he had averaged 10.7 yards on 48 punt returns and 24.8 yards on 33 kickoff returns — returning one punt and one kickoff for TDs in the 2007 season.Scouts note his size, speed and hands on the corner and noticed his ability to play through a shoulder injury this fall (which kept him out of postseason all-star games) and his versatility. Owusu-Ansah lined up at safety quite often to take advantage of his centerfielder skills and could be used there in the NFL. Whether teams view him as a cornerback or safety, they’ll value his skills. Defensive backs with size, speed, hands and return skills aren’t easy to find.
Read & React: Reads his receiver carefully on the outside and is quick to jump routes once a hint is given. Reads the quarterback well and has the speed to the ball in the deep half as a safety. Baits the quarterback into thinking the seam route is open.Man Coverage: Has prototypical size to be a press corner. Plays with aggression at the line but usually lined up 10 yards off, apparently per coaches’ instructions. Shows good flexibility and very good feet in his pedal, staying low and transitioning well. Typically takes up inside position instead of backpedaling, waiting for the receiver to make his move before jumping the route; gets turned around if receiver breaks inside. Often forces quarterback to look in another direction.Zone Coverage: Could flourish in a zone system as a free safety or corner. His size and speed give him good range, and he is strong enough to snatch the ball from the grasp of receivers. Fluid moving from the hash to the sideline. Excellent hands for the interception and is always a threat to take the ball to the end zone. Must prove he has the discipline to come off one receiver to cover another coming into his area.Closing/Recovery: Closes on the ball in the air quickly. Gives too much cushion, but his size, closing speed and long arms allow him to stop plays or immediately bring down the ballcarrier. Jumps slant routes when playing off-man. Has the speed and change-of-direction agility to recover on stop-and-go routes. Plants and drives out of his backpedal effectively.

Run Support: Used primarily as a cover corner playing off the line, Owusu-Ansah did not often come up in run support. He will come off his man to chase down ballcarriers, though, taking good angles to prevent big plays. Has the size to be effective crashing down from the outside and generally disengages from receiver blocks, but physicality is still a question mark.

Tackling: Has the size and strength to limit yards after the catch. Has long, well-built arms to wrap up ballcarriers. Averaged roughly on tackle per game — the ball didn’t come his way often and he was not involved in many run plays. Heads toward the pile but often runs around it instead of entering the fracas. Needs to prove himself a secure tackler before teams consider moving him to safety.

Intangibles: Confident and emotional on the field. Highly successful at a lower level of competition, but must acclimate quickly to the routes run by receivers from major programs. He missed an opportunity to prove himself against the big boys in all-star games because of a shoulder injury. His return skills were formidable at the D-II level, but should translate; he hits a hole quickly, shows good vision, runs through arm tackles and has the speed to beat the angle. Displays patience to let blocks develop on interception and kickoff returns.

NFL Comparison: Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears

Injury Report:

2009: Missed postseason all-star games with a shoulder injury he played through most of the season.

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Scouting Report-Ansah is a guy you look at and realize that he was born to play football.  He’s got near ideal size for a cornerback, and he carries his weight really well.  I’ve only had a chance to watch him play a couple of times so rather than just fabricate a report or copy what anyone else says, like so many site so(and don’t kid yourself, Indiana(PA) games are hard to come by), I will tell you what I saw.  I saw a player who looks to a wide receiver playing cornerback.  He does a nice job mirroring receivers, and looks better in the air, in terms of his hands than many corners do.  Great ball skills.  He’s fast on the field and really quick, especially in his change of direction.  Showed more in man than zone, but looked good in both.  One thing that could get him drafted is his ability as a kick returner.  He’s dangerous in the open field with the ball in his hands.  On the downside, he did get beat on some plays because he tried to make the big play instead of the sure play, which will get fans worked up.  And although it could have just been the games I saw, he showed very little in terms of run support.  Not much of a tackler.


Final Analysis-I am always skeptical about small school players regardless of what physical tools they displayed.  That’s mainly because he hasn’t had to cover an NFL caliber WR in his career and if he has, they have been rare.  It’s not hard to look great, when you are covering guys who walk on to Division II programs.  His size and measureables are spot on.  But he’s not a run defender and teams don’t like that, but on the plus side he’s a dynamicl kick returner.  Techincally in coverage he plays a little high at times and you can see he’s more raw than many, using his natural gifts to get him by rather than footwork and posture.  He’ll need to improve that.  I understand he’s had some health problems so of course those will need to be cleared up.  He might end up a safety in the NFL where he can play center field and man up with tight ends and slot receivers.  No doubt his upside is there, but I will remain a skeptic.

Reminds me of: Ricardo Colclough, CB Unemployed-Colclough was another highly touted small school cornerback, who teams fell in love with his measureables and upside, and ended up being drafted in the 2nd round.  But in the long run, he was unable to develop the technique to matchup with NFL wide outs.  I think AOA can be slightly better, especially if he can move to FS, but the risk/reward for a guy like this is high. 


Big Board Rankings 80th overall

national football post 12th best CB

CBS Draft Scout 67th

Where the Mocks Have Him Falling Round 3 pick #87 Tennesse Titans Round 2 pick #57 Baltimore Ravens

Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

Owusu has good size (which the Giants look for in their CB) he has good speed and he has return ability, which are all positive things about him as far as the Giants will be conerned. But he didn’t play great competition he comes from a small school. He might not be great in man coverage, but he might be ideally suited for a cover 2 scheme.

The question then is what is Perry Fewell going to play. He has played a lot of Cover 2, BUT that does NOT mean that he WILL play cover 2. Fewell has said he will play the system that best fits the Giants defensive players. What is that system.

Final Verdict

the Giants haven’t drafted players from small schools early in the draft very often. Most of the first three round picks have come from players that played at big time schools or for former N.F.L. Coaches (Butch Davis at UNC), schools like USC, Miami, Michigan, UVA.

But they haven’t been completely based on big schools. Ramses Barden (3rd round) and Will Beatty (2nd Round UCONN) have been smaller schools.

Owusu is a high risk/high-reward player because he has good measurables, but didn’t do it against great competition. I think the second round is too high for him and I’d prefer a player like Chris Cook in the second round if they were going to reach for a CB and I don’t think Ansah makes it to them in the fourth round.

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DT/NT Linval Joseph

CB Chris Cook

CB Trevard Lindley

RB Anthony Dixon

DT Sean Lissmore

ILB Jamar Chaney

ILB Vincent Rey

DT Tyson Alualu

S Darrell Stuckey

OT Vladimir Ducasse

S Myron Rolle

LB Pat Angerer

Morgan Burnett

DT Cam Thomas

LB Navorro Bowman

Athlete Dexter McCluster

CB Joe Haden

S Nate Allen

Jason Pierre Paul

DT Geno Atkins

DT Lamarr Houston

RB Jahvid Best

OT Trent Williams

Derrick Morgan

OL Mike Iupati

S Chad Jones

OLB/DE Sergio Kindle

Sean Weatherspoon

ILB Sean Lee

S Eric Berry

OT Bruce Campbell

ILB Daryl Washington

DT/NT Dan Williams (Updated with K.C. Joyner’s Draft Lab 2/7)

CB Kyle Wilson

DT Jared Odrick

DE Carlos Dunlap

ILB Micah Johnson

DT Arthur Jones

OT Bryan Baluga

OT Anthony Davis (UPDATED 2/5/10)

DT Brian Price

ILB Brandon Spikes

S Earl Thomas

ILB Rolando McClain

RB C.J. Spiller

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