Cowboys future focus: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah


Position: Safety

Height: 6-0. Weight: 208

College: Indiana (Pa.)

How acquired: Fourth round pick, 2010 (126th overall)

What he did in 2010: Owusu-Ansah played in the first seven games before an ankle injury ended his season. He played mostly on special teams, returning 25 kickoffs for a 21.7-yard average and a long of 41. He made one special teams’ tackle. He did not play any defensive snaps.

What to look for in 2011: Considered a project when the Cowboys drafted him out of Indiana (Pa.) because of the jump in level of play and the move from cornerback to safety, Owusu-Ansah enters his second season still a project. The injury did not help his cause because he likely would have seen action on defense down the stretch. With the safety position in a state of flux, Owusu-Ansah cannot be ruled out as a possible starter but he will not be helped if there is a prolonged lockout. Athletically, he can do just about anything he’s asked to do but he still has much to learn.

Quotable: “He has the size and speed you look for. He’s raw and I don’t know if he’s a corner or a safety but he can close and he has range. He looks to be a willing tackler but his lack of awareness at times hurts him. As a returner he has the speed but I wonder about his vision and feel.” – NFC scout.

Bryan Broaddus’ Scout’s Eye: The thing with Akwasi is you could see the quickness and see his speed. I don’t know how aggressive he really is and how tough he really is. You have to be patient with this guy. He does have some physical traits but again a lot of it has to do with toughness and desire I think. If you’re going to play that position you have to be a willing tackler. I don’t know if he doesn’t have that because we just haven’t seen enough.