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Owusu Ansah to visit Cowboys

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  1. CanuckCowboysFan

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    Don't know if any of you knew this. One of the best returners this year, could push Scandrick, and play FS.

    Cowboys, Dolphins To Host IUP CB Owusu-Ansah
    This story originally published on ScoutNFLNetwork.com

    Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (IUP Athletics)
    By Chris Steuber
    Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst
    Posted Mar 29, 2010


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    Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber has learned that the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins will host Indiana University of Pennsylvania cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah for a visit this week. Find out the details inside.

    There are many small school prospects that have emerged as potential high round draft picks this year, but one that’s gaining the most momentum because of his size and versatility is Indiana University of Pennsylvania cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah. Owusu-Ansah’s ability to play cornerback, safety and even star as a return specialist has intrigued teams this offseason, and he’s now enjoying the benefit of his success.


    Owusu-Ansah maybe a small school prospect, but there's nothing small about his game.
    IUP Athletics

    Scout.com has learned that Owusu-Ansah will visit the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins this week, and both teams are interested in playing the 6-foot, 207-pound defensive back at free safety.

    The Cowboys are looking for a playmaker in their secondary to challenge hard-hitting safety Ken Hamlin as the team’s starting free safety. Hamlin brings an intimidating presence to the field, but he’s limited in coverage and has poor ball skills; Owusu-Ansah would be a huge upgrade over Hamlin. As far as the Dolphins, they decided to cut ties with over-priced 2008 free agent signee Gibril Wilson this offseason, and they’re taking an aggressive approach in their search for a safety option in the draft. The Dolphins have expressed interest in at least a handful of safeties this offseason, including Georgia’s Reshad Jones, who Scout.com reported three weeks ago would visit the Dolphins on March 29th and 30th.

    Even though Owusu-Ansah is listed as a cornerback, in college he basically served as the team’s free safety. At IUP, the defensive structure calls for a lot of two-deep coverage where Owusu-Ansah played field corner, which requires him to function as a free safety. But at IUP, the linebackers and safeties amassed most of the tackles - that’s why Owusu-Ansah, who was the last line of defense, didn’t record many tackles during his career; he had 14 tackles in 2008 and 27 this past year. Owusu-Ansah is a physical player and will be a dynamic player at the next level; don’t let his lack of tackles alter your view of him as a prospect.

    During his career, Owusu-Ansah dominated the competition at the Division II level and generated some impressive statistics during his two-year stint as a starter; intercepting 10 passes (eight of them came during the 2008 season) and totaling nine touchdowns (four on punt returns, three on kickoffs, one on an interception and another returning a fumble) in his career. This past year, Owusu-Ansah scored five (three on punt returns and two on kickoffs) of his nine career touchdowns and was one of the most electric return specialists on any level in the nation.

    For his efforts this past year, Owusu-Ansah received an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game, but was unable to participate due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the season finale. But, he didn’t miss his opportunity to shine in front of scouts at the NFL Scouting Combine, and at that forum he showcased his talents. Owusu-Ansah ran a 4.32 in the 40, posted a 35.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot broad jump; he didn’t bench in Indianapolis, because his shoulder wasn’t 100-percent.

    On March 12th, Owusu-Ansah participated in the Ohio State Pro Day and continued to wow scouts with his natural ability. Surprisingly, he decided to run the 40 again and turned in another stellar time of 4.33, but scouts were shocked when he decided to participate in the bench press. With an injured shoulder, Owusu-Ansah put up 225 pounds 21 times and exceeded NFL personnel’s expectations. Shortly after the OSU Pro Day, it was revealed that Owusu-Ansah had a labrum tear in his shoulder, which he had surgery on two weeks ago.

    Despite having surgery on his shoulder, Owusu-Ansah could ultimately be selected in the second round. The team that drafts him understands that he won’t be ready for mini-camp after the draft, but he will be 100-percent by training camp this summer. Owusu-Ansah is currently the 9th rated cornerback listed on Scout.com’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.



    A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.
  2. CanuckCowboysFan

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    Fills 2 of the biggest holes on the team. Ran a 4.3 twice at Ohio's proday, and at IUP. And even more impressive is he benched 225 21 times with a partially injured shoulder.
  3. gmoney112

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  4. SLATEmosphere

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    I like him at FS too
  5. gmoney112

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    4.32 speed at FS is sick. A guy with that kind of speed playing center field would make our defense elite. Not only can he play FS but I think he could play CB without a problem after a year in the system. He'd be a great asset that could play any position in the secondary. He also returns punts/kicks. I think if he's there in the 2nd we could do a lot worse than this guy. OL first, Owusu in the second, WR in the third.

    A great secondary player with potential to be an elite FS that can play corner, and an electric returner in the 2nd is a great value.
  6. MarionBarberThe4th

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    This guy is rising so fast Im starting to wonder if he will even be there w/ our 2nd. That wont stop me from taking him there in my mocks though
  7. Four

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    I would like to go on record in saying that the only way this team is going to get better is if we sign more guys whose names I can't pronounce.

    Dudes with wierd names win superbowls.

    Truth.
  8. ThreeSportStar80

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    GREAT smaller school prospect... I'm all for it.
  9. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    I want to hear Jerry try to pronounce that name.
  10. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    He could fill 3 holes.

    1. PR/KR
    2. Nickel CB
    3. Future FS

    Nate Allen, McCluster, AOA?

    Good three picks. Where's he projecting now as the draft gets closer?

    Edit: Pronunciation - Ak-WAH-zee Oh-WOON-soo AHN-sah

    More broken tackles than anything, but who is #8 running to make a block? Check his 40-time :laugh2:

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  11. Bob Sacamano

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    :muttley:

    Anwaka Saw
  12. MarionBarberThe4th

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    Thats not a good first 3 picks and I like those players.
  13. ThreeSportStar80

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    You know Jerry will refer to him as "that kid from IUP", LOL!
  14. GOLDENCHILD1688

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    damn i was hoping he would stay low on the radar. hopefully he is still there in the 2nd. i would not be opposed to moving up to get this guy
  15. MarionBarberThe4th

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    :D

    Go on......
  16. ThreeSportStar80

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    Yeah I was thinking the same thing! He looks like the fastest guy on the field....
  17. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    I didn't specify 1, 2, then 3...just three good picks in the 2nd round if none of our other guys are on the board.
  18. MarionBarberThe4th

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    OK I was gonna say. Thats a little too much "wow" and not enough fat guys.

    His scouting reports are 2/3 but he has to go in the 2nd round now. How often do these kinds of guys slip?
  19. SLATEmosphere

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    We gotta come up with a nickname for this guy when he comes a Cowboy.

    AOA is alright I guess:cool:
  20. Bob Sacamano

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    His 1st name means "Sunday" in some language.

    Mr. Sunday?

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