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  1. 1. Is Akwasi Owusu-Ansah our mid round CB answer?

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Akwasi Owusu-Ansah

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 205 | College: Indiana (PA) (4.4 speed)


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

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.

With 8 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 3 punts and 2 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.

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One of the surprises of the day was the performance of Indiana (PA) CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, who ran a 4.47 and also performed well in the positional drills. I actually identified Owusu-Ansah as a sleeper to watch out for in my blog back in early November and have always been quite high on him. I pushed Owusu-Ansah down my rankings a bit due to a shoulder injury, that hindered him as a senior and will eventually require surgery. However, his performance in Indy validated my initial impressions and Owusu-Ansah will definitely be moving back up in the next update later this week.

Finally, there was some notable happenings with the underclassmen. On the positive side both Iowa CB Amari Spievey (4.51) and Florida S Major Wright (4.48) ran a little better than anticipated but Michigan CB Donovan Warren disappointed with a 4.6 time that could push him out of the top three rounds.

Ansah or Spievey. If we interview(ed) them they would have to do good on that too. And I think when they look

at the game tape it will also check out as well.

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