Wopamo Osaisai (5-foot-10, 197 pounds) was a two-sport athlete at Stanford. In addition winning multiple Pac-10 awards for his success on the gridiron, he also ran track and was the 2008 PAC-10 champion in the 100 meters.
However, Rutter does not believe Osaisai's success on the track helps anything other than his straight-line speed.
CB Wopamo Osaisai
"I don't see a dual-participation in track as being as indicative of outstanding athleticism as a guy who plays hoops or baseball along with football," he said. "Pamo's track participation certainly helped him maintain his outstanding straight-line speed."
Rutter believes Osaisai needs to get in more reps and work on his field awareness and change of direction, as he tends to take too many false steps.
Osaisai, who spent five years and started 24 games at Stanford, became a full-time starter as a senior. He responded to the increased PT by posting 67 tackles, eight pass breakups and a forced fumble. It was a solid performance, no doubt, but Rutter was expecting for more.
"We had expected a big jump from Osaisai in his final year after impressive offseason conditioning, but his final season at cornerback was solid but unremarkable," he said.
Osaisai suffered a knee injury during the final game of the 2008 season and worked diligently to recover in time for the pre-draft process. He participated in the Combine workouts, but his 40-time was not reflective of his track-star speed.
Rutter believes Osaisai was not fit at the Combine and feels had it not been for the untimely knee injury, he would have fared better in the draft.
"Most guys would have shirked the Combine workout entirely, but he went ahead and ran," Rutter said. "Had he not been hurt, he was the one guy on our team who should have been drafted. He deserved to go in the third to fifth round had he been healthy."
What really boosts Osaisai's stock is his ability to dominate on special teams. He is an asset as a gunner and consistently makes plays in kick coverage.
Rutter insists Stanford will miss Osaisai's special-teams contributions more than his defensive ones.
"His special-teams play is special," he said. "I think we will miss him more there than at corner. He is terrific on punt coverage. He is a great gunner and wedge-buster; a tough, fearless kid. With coaching, could be a steal."
It should be noted that Osaisai has authored some big plays on defense, as well. Although he finished his Stanford career with just two interceptions, one of them came during a pivotal moment of Stanford's 2007 upset of USC; Osaisai's pick set up the game-winning drive for Stanford.