PROS: Has good strength and shows good ability to hold the point of attack. Will fight through double teams. Shows good power.
CONS: Lacks burst and quickness to get upfield and offers little as a pass rusher. Needs to improve his hand use and technique. Will fight through them, but doesn't have the ability to beat or split double teams. Doesn't always show great conditioning on the field, and may take a play or two off.
OVERVIEW: A nice widebody that is a fairly one-dimensional run stopper. Missed all of 2008 after suffering a knee injury in the first quarter of the season opener. A three-year starter. For his career only had 5 sacks and 12.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
NFL FORECAST: His production indicates what you see on tape, in that Owens is a run-stuffer. But he doesn't play behind the line of scrimmage. But he won't really have to in the pros, because he's a very good fit to play the nose tackle spot in a 3-4 scheme. He isn't classically big like most 3-4 nose tackles, but is strong and powerful, and shows good potential in playing in a two-gap scheme. He isn't going to give you much as a pass rusher. I'm not sure he is going to be a disruptive 3-4 guy like a Jamal Williams, but more of a Casey Hampton-type. He has a similar build as Hampton, and is a guy that is better keeping blockers off linebackers than disrupting and pushing the pocket. But that works for a lot of teams like the Steelers that 3-4 schemes are built more for the linebackers than defensive linemen.
ATL FORECAST: Owens could add depth to a 4-3 team like the Falcons and be a nice fit in the rotation. But he would only be effective on run downs and would give you little in passing situations. BUt he would be a nice addition to the Falcons rotation that would definitely beef up the run defense, and free up Lofton and the linebackers to be more rangy and make plays sideline to sideline. He would basically be like adding a younger Grady Jackson.
VALUE: For a 3-4 team looking for a solid nose tackle, he would merit a mid-to-late second round pick. For a 4-3 team looking to beef up their rotation, they are better off waiting until the fourth round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
POINT OF ATTACK: 4.0
PASS RUSH: 1.5
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