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Post Draft Series III: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah

When the Cowboys entered the draft they new they would have a need at safety.  The release of FS Ken Hamlin a couple of weeks before the draft made it clear to everyone that the Cowboys would be looking to shore up some depth in that area, if not find the safety of the future.  Now there are lots of people who believe the future safety might be on the roster already in either converted corner Alan Ball, or second year man Mike Hamlin.  With some questions in mind, the Cowboys used their third pick of the draft on fourth round selection Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.

Ansah hails from the football powerhouse of Indiana University (Pennsylvania).  It is a division II school and has a stadium that hold 6,500 people.  It is no wonder most people had no idea about this guy when the Cowboys drafted him.  He wasn’t high on many mock draft boards for the safety position.  Ansah was born in Ohio, but his parents are from Ghana.  Ansah was a standout in high school, playing mostly at running back.  The big schools, including Ohio State, chose not to invite Ansah to their schools and instead Ansah found himself at IUP.

At IUP, Ansah played both corner and safety.  What he brings to the Cowboys is the ball-hawking ability they have been missing over the last few years.  At 6’0, 207 lbs., Ansah brings a rare combination of size and mobility.  He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds.  Not many, if any, safeties in the NFL run it that fast.  Ansah not only likes to play the ball but he also likes to deliver hits.  With his size, he can unload punishing hits on wideouts straying across the middle of the field.  He has tremendous hands and isn’t afraid to make the difficult tackles.  His size also does not hurt him when it comes to playing the run.

The other variable that Owusu-Ansah brings to the team is he has great returning skills.  He had a 11.3 yards per punt return and 25.9 yards per kickoff return averages.  He has great vision and can read his blockers well.  With his speed he is also tough to catch in the open field.  Unfortunately, the Cowboys will have to wait until training camp to get a look at his skills.  Ansah had shoulder surgery and the end of his college season and is just beginning rehab.

Ansah could be one of the sleeper picks of the draft.  The Cowboys think they have found something in the Div. II player.  What this means for Ball and Hamlin is uncertain.  It is unlikely that Ansah will jump them this season.  He is likely to play mostly special teams and see if he can make an impact there.  Next year, look for him to challenge for playing time on defence.

One thing is for sure, there is a lot of intrigue at Valley Ranch when it comes to Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.

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2 Responses to “Post Draft Series III: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah”

  1. Todd Daniel says:

    You have his name mispelled. It should be Akwasi Owusa-Ansah. Not Anash.

  2. Alex Weston says:

    ooh man that’s embarrassing…thanks for that!

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