CBS sports recently included Chris Owens as a potential steal of the 2009 NFL draft. Most Atlanta Falcons’ fans were thrown by the team’s 3rd round selection with a confused “huh? who?” being muttered after the announcement.
After doing some research and just trusting the NFL draft guru Thomas Dimitroff, Owens keeps looking better and better as the 90th pick overall in April. Owens comes from the “outside the center of the college football mecca” conference of the WAC, but San Jose State is hardly new to producing NFL-caliber players in the secondary. Two other former San Jose State standouts have played for the Jets and Browns in the last few years – making you wonder if something is in the water.
While Owens is only 5’9″, 180 lbs., he’s very strong and physical for his size. All that physicality will be needed when you play in a league of wide receivers like Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnsons.