2017 NFL Draft

Ernest Owusu, DE

School: California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Nashville, TN
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 277 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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03/15/2012 - Cal Pro Day: Persistent rain showers limited the Cal Pro Day but that didn't stop a few underrated prospects from demonstrating legitimate NFL athleticism. Defensive end Ernest Owusu created a significant buzz early in the workout by posting 39 repetitions of 225 pounds in Cal'srenovated weight-room. Later, he demonstrated impressive straight-line speed for his 6-4, 277 pound frame, registering times in the 4.7s, according to a source onthe scene. As a point of comparison, Owusu, who was not invited to the Combine, ran nearly as well and lifted more than any defensive end in Indianapolis this year. Frankly, I was surprised Owusu wasn't invited to the Combine. He registered 30 tackles, including seven loss and 4.5 sacks despite playing in a 3-4 defense. Owusu had stood outon tape earlier in the year, in my opinion. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/13/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The Bears' defense had been awfully good against the run until Oregon's LaMichael James sliced through it for 239 rushing yards on Oct. 6. The Ducks rushed for 365 yards, more than three times the previous season high against Cal. The Bears' run defense was particularly vulnerable on the perimeter, as Cal simply could not handle the Ducks' speed, although USC may not be able to exploit the flanks as effectively as Oregon did. The Bears' pass defense has been its biggest weakness, getting carved up by every good quarterback it has faced Colorado's Tyler Hansen, Washington's Keith Price and Oregon's Darron Thomas. But all three were on the road, and Cal's pass defense has been much better at home since Clancy Pendergast became defensive coordinator prior to last season. Offensively, when Cal must convert its red-zone opportunities into touchdowns, something it has been unable to do in conference play. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Ernest Owusu made a number of big plays against Oregon, including a sack and a batted-down fourth-down pass that helped Cal stay in the game for a half. He needs to apply pressure to Barkley.


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