Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Scout's honor: Answering your questions
By Dan Graziano
Since the draft ended Saturday afternoon, I've been on the phone with scouts from across the league trying to figure how they thought the NFC East teams performed. Many of you (100 at last count) left questions for the scouts in the "comments" section. I asked the following question on behalf of "dnasemployee."
Question: I understand that Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, drafted in the fourth round by the Cowboys, is a project safety and will take a few years before he develops into a starter. Given his skill set, what type of potential does he have, what obstacles would he have to overcome and who is he comparable to?
AFC scout: I see him as more of a safety than a cornerback. He'd have to be a press corner if he plays that position. He's certainly athletic enough to be effective, but you have to wonder about the pedigree a little bit. He hasn't played stiff competition, so it's hard to have a great feel for him. He needs a lot of drill work and he's going to have to become more savvy as a technician. I think he could eventually start, but for now, he'll only be ready for some special-teams duty. He's sort of built like the Giants' Kenny Phillips, although he's not there talent-wise. Not a bad pick in the fourth round. It's not like you're expecting to find an immediate starter that late in the draft. He's a project.
Mosley: You guys asked some great questions. I'll keep rolling these out over the next couple of weeks. Thanks for your participation. Ttoes9528 asked for a scout to compare Trent Williams to Russell Okung. Here's what I came up with.