Sunday Born: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah

David BartonContributor IApril 16, 2010

For starters, don't fret about pronouncing his name right.

His buddies call him "Kwas" for short, though lately he's getting some "AOA". Add to that the Div II. school where he started as a corner is a tongue-twister in it's self, "Indiana University–Purdue University of Indianapolis" (IUPUI).

Appropriately for Owusu-Ansah, his name means "Sunday born," which is ideal for the 6', 207-pound corner back, whose auditioning for a job on Sundays.

As a junior in 2008, Owusu-Ansah posted eight interceptions and 10 pass breakups. "AOA" finished his junior year in a flurry with seven picks in the final four games of the season. His senior year saw some reduction in his numbers, but it was more a derivative of team's simply not throwing his way and injuries.


In 2009 when "Kwas" could get the ball in his hands he returned three punts and two kickoffs for scores. In his career at IUPUI he totaled nine return touchdowns and holds school records for punt return yards, punt return average, and kickoff return average.

At the NFL Scouting Combine he ran the third-fastest time of all the corner backs, sprinting a 4.47 40-yard dash.

Growing up in Columbus, he was invited to Ohio State's Pro Day. And performed better than any Buckeye, staling the show Owusu-Ansah improved his time, clocking in around the low 4.3s. A torn labrum kept him from the bench press event in Indianapolis, nevertheless Akwasi, lifted the required 225 lbs. an impressive 21 reps.

Most scouts have him graded as a third round pick. With elite athleticism but needs coaching and time to adjust to the speed of the game, and fine-tune his technique. If he progresses the way he plays "Kwas" might become a starting corner back in the NFL. "AOA" should contribute early on special teams as an impact return ace and terrific gunner.

Reminds me of Arizona Cardinal, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who also came from a Div II. school in Tennessee State, with terrific athleticism.

Two small school corner backs drafted last year are Lardarius Webb (Nicholls St./Baltimore Ravens), Derek Cox (William & Mary/Jacksonville Jaguars)