PDA

View Full Version : Sundays could be in ex-IUP star Owusu-Ansah's future


mesaSteeler
04-18-2010, 11:19 PM
Sundays could be in ex-IUP star Owusu-Ansah's future
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/print_677108.html
By Dave Mackall
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, April 19, 2010

Even his name, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, makes you think the former Indiana (Pa.) cornerback and return specialist could be destined for the NFL.

The Ghanaian-born Owusu-Ansah's first name means "born on Sunday," and scouts are curious about how he might perform on NFL Sundays.

"In my mind, he's got second-round ability," IUP coach Lou Tepper said. "But he'll probably go from the third to fifth."

Because of season-ending shoulder surgery, Owusi-Ansah missed a chance to play in the annual East-West Shrine Game, which would have been a prime spotlight to showcase his speed on kickoff and punt returns and his ability to play cornerback and perhaps safety.

"He has corner speed and safety size," said Tepper of Owusi-Ansah, who has been timed as fast as 4.32 in the 40-yard dash. "I think Akwasi eventually will be an every-day player at safety. He'll be one of the fastest. At safety, he's got great speed."

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Owusu-Ansah could be one of the draft's "sleepers" after successfully recovering from the surgery in time to attend the NFL Combine, where Tepper said his former star "blew people away."

Tepper knows a thing or two about draft picks. He is the former Illinois coach who also spent plenty of time as a Division I assistant, focusing on defense. Among the players chosen in the draft from schools where Tepper was coaching were Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Smith (first overall pick, 1985), Illinois quarterback Jeff George (first overall, 1990), Illinois linebacker Kevin Hardy (second overall, 1996) and Illinois defensive end Simeon Rice (third overall, 1996).

Owusu-Ansah isn't in the same class coming out of Division II IUP, but Tepper said he is drawing plenty of NFL interest.

"Physically, he has all the tools," Tepper said. "But he's also got the character. He's never been charged with even jaywalking. When you're talking about higher-round choices, that's important. He's a bright kid."

Owusu-Ansah returned three punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior at IUP, and his special-team skills could be his initial ticket to the NFL.

"Special teams is more about raw talent," Owusu-Ansah said. "I played running back in high school, and I returned kicks in college. Wherever I've gone, I've embraced the chance to get the ball in my hands."

Owusu-Ansah is also a playmaker on defense, intercepting eight passes and returning one for a touchdown as a junior.

"Yes, he's from a Division II program, but you can't deny the physical skills he displays," Tepper said.

To prepare for the NFL Combine, Owusu-Ansah worked out in Naples, Fla., with other draft hopefuls.

"People who have been through the process say to just enjoy it," Owusu-Ansah said. "You will only be drafted one time. Regardless of what happens, I'm going to enjoy the ride."

Dave Mackall can be reached at dmackall@tribweb.com or 412-380-5617.

pancake
04-19-2010, 01:09 AM
If this guy is available in the 4th, we should take him no matter what we picked in the first 3 rounds.

Galax Steeler
04-19-2010, 03:48 AM
If this guy is available in the 4th, we should take him no matter what we picked in the first 3 rounds.

Sounds like he would make a good Steeler.

Texasteel
04-19-2010, 07:51 AM
This is a kid that devilsdancefloor has been pimping for months now, and I agree with him. The kid has the look of an NFL player and I think would be an excellent 4th round pick. I think the only reason he might be available that late is because he was hurt at the last of the season.

SteelerFanInStl
04-19-2010, 08:13 AM
He's an interesting prospect. I like his size and speed a lot. He'd be worth a shot in the 4th but I'm thinking that someone's going to take him earlier.

Steely McSmash
04-19-2010, 11:52 AM
would have loved to hear Cope mangle this guy's name.

taztroy43
04-19-2010, 05:27 PM
I would love this guy in the 3rd.......he probably can develop into a pretty good cb.....I would love him @ 3 if we don't address the CB spot w/ our 1st round pick......

BKAnthem
04-19-2010, 07:14 PM
He's fast....Al Davis is gonna snatch him up..

Pi Kapp Steeler
04-19-2010, 10:05 PM
I was about to post this good find MESA!

steelcityman75
04-22-2010, 09:47 PM
I think he would be a great pick, but I don't think he would contribute right a way. That said I almost included him in my mock draft as our 1st 5th rd pick if he was there.

jollyrob68
04-22-2010, 11:30 PM
I think he would be a great pick, but I don't think he would contribute right a way. That said I almost included him in my mock draft as our 1st 5th rd pick if he was there.

He'll be gone by late 2nd 3rd round. He has speed,can return and is a very good Cb. He got hurt and is from a smaller school.

taztroy43
04-23-2010, 09:17 AM
I think he would be a great pick, but I don't think he would contribute right a way. That said I almost included him in my mock draft as our 1st 5th rd pick if he was there.

he wont fall to the 5th!.....this guy is a 2nd or 3rd round prospect....maybe even 4th but I highly doubt he'll fall to the 4th!!!!!!!!

SteelKnight
04-23-2010, 03:08 PM
Honestly, I was hoping the Steelers would take him in round 2 but I'm discouraged to see that his coach thinks he will be a safety. That's not a vote of confidence.

We'll see. He won't go past the 3rd.

SteelerFanInStl
04-23-2010, 03:37 PM
I can't help but keep thinking of Ricardo Colclough when Owusu-Ansah is mentioned.

lamberts-lost-tooth
04-23-2010, 04:08 PM
I can't help but keep thinking of Ricardo Colclough when Owusu-Ansah is mentioned.

....or CB's like Darius Butler and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. You just never know.

BehindSteelCurtain
04-23-2010, 10:31 PM
He has the potential to be a star from what scouts say but we'll see