Scouting Report: Jeff Owens

Written by Rob Engle on March 13, 2010




Jeff Owens


Position: DT School: Georgia
Height: 6’1" Weight: 304 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.96

Overall Grade:

5.27

Draft Projection:

Late Rounder




Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 3
Speed 8 5.5
Quickness/Agility 10 6.5
Strength/Explosion 10 6.5
Athletic Ability 8 4.5
Durability 8 5
Character 6 5.5
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 5.5
Potential 10 6


Defensive Line Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Run Stopping 8 3.5
Pass Rushing 8 5.5
Awareness 8 4
Hand Placement 8 4



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Owens is a long-time contributor to a great Georgia defense. He made a lot of plays in his tenure as starting DT in their 4-3 defense. He is a typical ‘jack-of-all-trades’ type of player where he does everything well but isn’t particularly great in one area. He anchors well in the run game and doesn’t get pushed back very often. He also can push the pocket and recorded several QB pressures in his career. Isn’t great at shooting a gap to get in the backfield but he holds his ground and is good at controlling his gap.


Weaknesses

Isn’t very tall, but he is very proportionate with his weight. At times, he was caught trying to do too much and got out of his gap assignment. Struggles to disengage from a blocker and make a tackle. Plays too high at times – he needs to learn to play under his pads a little bit better and really punch up into the opponent’s chest to drive him back. Missed almost all of the 2008 season with a knee injury, so that could worry some teams because of the position he plays.


Analysis

Has good enough measurables to be a good rotation DT in a 4-3 defense that wants to use him mainly as a quick, run stopping DT. If he was taller, he’d have a chance as a 3-4 End but he most likely doesn’t have the arm length (32 3/4″) a team is looking for. Probably won’t make a huge impact or be a playmaker but he’ll do what he’s asked and could be a leader in the locker room since he was named defensive co-captain his senior year.


Experience

Owens has started every game as a senior, sophomore and appeared in every game as a true freshman. Owens was slated to start his junior season but suffered a season ending knee injury.

Awards and Honors

2009: 2009 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.
2008: n/a
2007: All-SEC First-Team selection by Associated Press and Rivals.com.
2006: n/a
2005: Freshman All-America second team by Sporting News and first team Freshman All-SEC by SEC Coaches and Sporting News.

Academics

Unknown major at Georgia.

Injuries

Missed the entire 2008 season with a knee injury.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 30 12 18 1 0 0 0
2008 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
2007 26 17 9 0 0 0 0
2006 26 19 7 1 1 0 0
2005 14 7 7 2 0 0 0






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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.