Small-school standouts often have to work out at more established programs’ pro days in order to reach a larger group of scouts and coaches. Indiana (Pa.) defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (6-foot, 5/8, 207) did just that, performing at Ohio State’s pro day on March 12.
And perform he did.
Owusu-Ansah built on his solid NFL Scouting Combine workout with an outstanding pro day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 and 4.41 seconds, had a 4.19-second short shuttle and did 21 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds. He stayed afterwards to run drills with Bengals defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle, and two other teams were also there to work him out.
Owusu-Ansah has impressed scouts and figures to be a mid-round draft pick. He did have his labrum operated on Wednesday, March 17, but the injury shouldn’t really affect his draft status. He is also an exceptional kick returner.
– Gil Brandt