Saturday, April 24, 2010
Cowboys find Ansah at CB
By Dan Graziano
Things are moving pretty quickly at this point, so we won't go pick by pick anymore. But the Dallas Cowboys have to feel really good to land Indiana (Pa.) cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah late in the fourth round. He was getting a lot of buzz in the days leading up to the draft.
Here's what Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com had to say about Owusu-Ansah. The Cowboys traded down seven spots to take him at No. 126 overall. His technique is raw and he's played inferior competition at the Division II. I don't even know what to make about his seven returns for touchdowns. I'm told by scouts that he looked really uncomfortable fielding punts, but if he caught them, he could take it to the house.
He may have more upside than any player in the fourth round. But secondary coach Dave Campo will have his work cut out for him. Owusu-Ansah has relied on his athleticism throughout college. He had shoulder surgery after the combine, so that's something that other teams thought about. But most teams don't think that's a concern.
Good pick late in the fourth. He was everyone's sleeper pick at cornerback. By the way, the Philadelphia Eagles took Clemson defensive end Ricky Sapp early in the fifth round. You think the Eagles and New York Giants might be interested in improving on defense? Sapp's an undersized defensive end, which is not a problem for Andy Reid and Sean McDermott. They'll hope they've found another Trent Cole. Sapp is extremely athletic and he should be able to add some bulk to his 250-pound frame. He doesn't play the run all that well, but he probably won't be asked to do that early in his career. Could be a good situational pass-rusher.