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One has to appreciate that the players that come out of Stanford may not always look the most talented on the football field, but they seem to come to the NFL and show a knack for making rosters and making plays.
I watched Ryan Whalen in person on the practice fields in preparation for the East-West Shrine Game. It was clear that he did not necessarily have good athletic ability, but he stood out consistently in practices because of what a technician and smart player he was.
Doug Baldwin went undrafted out of Stanford and was arguably the Seattle Seahawks' most consistent receiver in 2011.
Most people think of Stanford graduates as smart. Trust me when I say that I am not praising Chris Owusu's intelligence because of the name of the school on his diploma. He plays the game with a high IQ, and you can see that on the game film. When he runs a corner route, he reads the leverage of the deep-cover man and makes an instantaneous decision about how he should run the top of the route.
On a deep catch against Duke, he recognized immediately that to maximize his space in the zone, he should take down his speed to about three-quarters, almost as if he were playing decoy. He knew he couldn't beat the safety vertically because he had begun to bail very early and turned his hips to maintain over top leverage.
Owusu knows how routes need to be run in order to get open, and he is able to use his athletic ability and intelligence to manipulate defenders.