Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2010 Draft - Small School Sleeper - Akwasa Owusu-Ansah

As we continue our peek into some small school notables, I'll be honest and say despite this next guy being on my radar for about a year now, everytime I go to write his name I have to go double check that I got it right.  For the purpose of this discussion, I'm going to call him AOA.

AOA is on the scouts radar somewhat but he was unable to play in the East-West Shrine game due to shoulder surgery, which he managed to overcome at the combine.  Maybe it's just me but this guy looks and moves a lot like Malcolm Jenkins, the top cornerback of 2009's draft, and now Super Bowl ring holder.

At 6'0", 207lbs, he is big enough to play safety, and indeed has played both positions in college.   Look at the way he plays center field when lined up at FS. He posted a 4.47 in the Combine 40 yard dash, and looking at the video, he doesn't look super fast, but this guy's balance is out of this world.  His returns are reminiscent of Joshua Cribbs, but even more amazing.

He would provide the Dolphins the youth and depth they seek in the secondary as well as a legitimate return specialist.  I have seen him listed everywhere from late 2nd round to early 5th.


  1. Interesting... maybe 6th or 7th round pick
    Has good speed, great vision, and outstanding balence (as mentioned above)
    Still if you would have made a high-light tape of me in collage, you might have thought I was a ladies man...
    but that would'nt be true.

    This is a project, with great talent...

  2. I don't make anything out of collage. I didn't realize the ladies were even
    into collage.....

  3. What school is IUP ?? 

    SMALL school indeed,looked like Pop-Warner,(NICE TALENT THOUGH)!!

    Forgetting what I read,after watching the 1st 2 punt returns,
    while watching the 3rd video I'm going what's this guy doing on Defense??
    PRIMARILY a D Plyr??  I'm sure a talent like him played both ways @ IUP,(whatever school that is)??
    I'd luv an offensively skilled defensive player,(nice over-the-shoulder P-reception)!! 

  4. Good ol' IUP - about 1 1/2 hours away from me... I knew they partied there, who knew they played football too!  I agree Tin - I've seen him all of the place in mock drafts.  I can't imagine we'd take him until round 4 at the earliest.  Intriguing guy though.  He would provide some "roster flexibility," so I definitely think he's an option.

  5. Are EJ & CJ WILSON Brothers,(seems to make sense)??
    Nrth/Est Carolina,otherwise I'd think they were Siamese-Twins!!!
    Seems to me they'd also be 5th rnd steals,(I put'em in the 4th/5th),what'ya say TIN??
    Asked elsewhere (things to come) to no avail,so I brought it here...
    Sorry,IF it takes AOA's momentum,(that'll teach'ya ;) )!!;pageContainer        CJWilson;pageContainer          EJWilson

  6. Classic DANNY/Dolphins on NFLN till 11est Wed !!!

  7. IUP is Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  I'm not going to pretend I understand what the means but there is a Phoenix University of Sacramento near me, lol.

  8. Apparently there's a town called Indiana which is in Indiana County which is in Pennsylvania. 

  9. Tin, this is my point about FS... The position is stacked in this draft. That is why the Dolphins have not gone out on a monetary limb to bring in an UFA. If they can get a guy like Rolle or Clark at the price they are worth they will entertain the tought but they will not overpay because they are going to get a good FS in this draft. They will draft two just to be certain.  They will also draft two NTs.

    We will probably start hearing about the Dolphins looking at WRs. They will send a guy to look at Bryant and talk up the position leading up to the draft. It is a smoke screen. They may not even select a WR in this draft. For all the talk about our offense needing a playmaker, our defense was responsible for most of our losses last year. Once Henne settles in, the WR will already be here.

  10. Nice sleeper pick.
    I also like Joseph in 2-3 round and the WR steal...Decker. Still think that we will all be surprised by the Trifecta in round 1 by them going OL.

    Still, overall I will trust in their judgement...for now. LOL

  11. We Have PlaymakersMarch 11, 2010 at 8:33 AM


    That's a sleeper alright.  Somebody wake me up next month when the Dolphins are on the clock.  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..........................

  12. We Have PlaymakersMarch 11, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    This is by far the most boring Free Agency I have experienced in quite so time.  Okay later everyone.  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...................


  14. son of a son of a shulaMarch 11, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Let's go, kick this around:

    Adding Suh to our team would be so insane. Teams couldn’t block us with Suh and Starks on the same line along with Soliai , McDaniel, Langford or Merling. Suh could move all across the line looking for mismatches and when we go into a four man front it’s nuts with Dansby and Wake on the field too.
    * Let’s make a splash *
    The jets moved up 12 places to go from 17 to 5 to get Sancheesey with that they gave up their first and second and three stiffs:
    Kenyan Coleman, Brett Ratliff, Abram Elam.
    Going from 12 to 1 is eleven spots. Of course is to the very top but not entirely different.
    I would recommend keeping our second and third pick and then pay the freight.
    Our first and either Langford or Merling, Ginn, Thigpen. Work out the additional picks, that’s got to be close.
    With our second there are OLB’s likely to be available (Hughes, possibly Spoon)
    Our third pick for a safety such as Myron but there are several in that range.
    Suddenly we become feared instead of building, yes?
    With Dansby, Suh, and Myron you have:
    The Best player in FA
    The Best Player in the Draft
    The Smartest Player in the Draft
    * We Want Suh Too *

  15. The Knight who says NiMarch 11, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Yeah I see this guy ranked anywhere from 2nd to 4th round. He's not much of a sleeper even though he's from a small school. He appears to be on the radar everywhere I've looked him up. He could be a good pick to compete in the secondary and as a return man. He has the size and speed and playmaking ability the trifecta looks for. Or any team for that matter.

  16. Decollage is much more fun with the ladies?!?

  17. The Knight who says NiMarch 13, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Good call, Tin!

    <span>Bo Marchionte, of NFL Draft Bible, reports Indiana University (Pa.) CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah talked with the Miami Dolphins at length during Ohio State's Pro Day.</span>

    Why was he at Ohio State's Pro Day?

  18. because no teams would make a separate trip to IUP - this way he gets all 32
    teams watching him.

  19. The Knight who says NiMarch 13, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    I didn't know players could perform at other schools' pro days. That's cool. Where would you draft him?