Small School CB to Visit Falcons

Ed Thompson of reports that San Jose State cornerback Christopher Owens will visit with the Falcons on April 5.

Owens (5-10, 181) was a first-team All-WAC cornerback in 2008, after being named to that conference's second-team in 2007, and is currently projected to go in the middle rounds of the upcoming NFL draft.

At the Combine, Owens ran a 4.51 time in the 40, displayed a 34.5" vertical jump, and a very impressive time of 11.4 seconds in the 60-yard shuttle.

Coming from a small school, there are going to be questions regarding the level of competition that Owens has faced. However, Owens played on a very talented San Jose State team, which sent an unprecedented four players (Owens, Coye Francies, Jarron Gilbert, and David Richman) to the Combine this year.

What may also allay the level of competition fears about Owens are the talented cornerbacks he's played with at SJSU.

Francies (6-1, 185) is projected to go in the third round in next month's draft, and likely would go higher had he not faced illegal weapons charges that prompted his dismissal from Oregon State.

Owens also played alongside Dwight Lowery, a fourth-round pick by the New York Jets in 2008 who started 10 games at right cornerback, opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, for the Jets in his rookie season.

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