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Chris Owusu has the athleticism to play in the NFL
Chris Owusu has NFL-caliber skills and is one of the more prominent names among the 49ers' UDFA class of 2012. Owusu caught the attention of scouts by running a 4.36 time in the 40-yard dash. His vertical leap was also impressive at 40.5 inches.
In his four years at Stanford, Owusu caught 102 passes for 1,534 yards and 10 touchdowns. His production did not match his athleticism, even when he was healthy.
The main issue with Owusu is definitely his health. He sustained three concussions in a 13-month span, which undoubtedly scared teams away from drafting him. I vividly remember two very scary occasions over this past year when he was knocked senseless and had to be carted off the field.
With a very crowded wide receiver corps in San Francisco, Owusu has almost no chance of making the opening roster. He could, however, earn a spot on the practice squad. With Randy Moss signed to a one-year contract, that's a spot that could open up a year from now.
In addition, there are question marks about Kyle Williams and Ted Ginn, Jr. making the roster, so more spots could be available. The key is whether the 49ers decide to keep five or six wide receivers.
With Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, Moss and first-round draftee A.J. Jenkins likely to make the team, that leaves only one or two spots available. And in addition to competing with Ginn and Williams, Owusu also has to outperform Brett Swain, Joe Hastings and John Matthews to have any chance at all.
Realistically, the best Owusu can hope for is a spot on the practice squad for 2012. I do think he has a decent shot of claiming one of those coveted spots.
Chances of making the opening-day roster: 5%