Biography: Broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore. Senior totals included 32 /4/1.5. Missed the 2008 season with a knee injury. Recorded 26 tackles during his sophomore and junior seasons.
Positives: Explosive interior lineman who plays with a large degree of quickness. Fires off the snap with a nice first step, plays with good pad level, and shows a large degree of power in his lower body. Keeps his feet driving up the field, displays the ability to slide off blocks laterally, and quickly changes direction, then gets out to the flanks to make plays. Solid run defender who works his hands throughout the action.
Negatives: Controlled at the point by a single blocker and slow to shed tackles. Marginal pass rusher who loses a lot of momentum when he alters his angle of attack.
Analysis: Owens looks the part yet does not consistently play to it on the field. His development was hampered by the knee injury suffered in 2008, yet for the most part, Owens has underachieved in college. Does offer a degree of upside at the next level as a conventional tackle in a four-man front.
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