Ben Owens is a productive, athletic, and versatile linebacker from Arkansas State. He was a highly sought after recruit coming out of high school as a threat on both sides of the ball (he also played RB). He could be a high riser as draft day gets closer, and expects to really impress on his pro day on March 31st.
Ben Owens' Career Highlights:
6th-best recruit in Arkansas by SuperPrep ('05)
Special Teams Standout ('05)
34 tackles; 2 sacks; 1 interception as reserve MLB ('06)
1st Career interception vs. Auburn ('06)
96 tackles; 3 TFL ('07)
Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference ('07)
Named to Nagurski & Butkus Award Watch Lists ('08)
Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week ('08)
-vs. Texas A&M, 7 tackles; 1 sack; 1 int; 1 fr
87 tackles; 5 TFL; 2 sacks; 2 interceptions ('08)
2nd Team All-Sun Belt Conference ('08)
"I have tremendous upside and a great attitude"
JP: What is your current height/weight, and 40 time?
Owens: 6'2" 240, 4.5.
JP: How are you getting physically prepared for the draft?
Owens: I'm training at the All Star Sports facility in Deland, Florida. There were many players here from different parts of the south and the east coast. Some of the schools were: Miami, Florida State, Florida, UCF, UAB, Georgia, Colorado, Lehigh, Boston College, UMass, Hampton, LSU, Iowa State, Concordia, Iona, Delaware State. I'm working on my strength, my acceleration and speed, and my hip flexion. Those are some of the areas I have focused on.
JP: Who is the best RB you've ever played against?
Owens: When we played Texas in 2007, Jamaal Charles.
JP: Are there any players in the NFL you model your game after, or would compare yourself to?
Owens: Patrick Willis, his game is built around his speed and athleticism. He uses those attributes to get him to the ball quicker.
JP: What do you feel are your strengths as a player?
Owens: My intelligence, my speed and athletic ability, my versatility, my willingness to learn, and my attitude.
JP: What are some areas you think you could improve in your game?
Owens: Being more physical ALL the time, playing more consistent.
JP: What kind of experience do you have on special teams, and how do you think you could help a team in that role?
Owens: I have 4 years of experience on special teams. I started on them ever since I was a true freshman. The last two seasons I started on Punt and Kickoff. I love to play them.
JP: What is the greatest moment of your athletic career?
Owens: Winning the conference title. Coming back in the second half from 22 point deficit to beat Memphis, our rival.
JP: Why should a team take you on April 25th/26th?
Owens: Because I'm a hard worker. I take care of my business on and off the field. I feel I have tremendous upside and a great attitude. Also, I learn quickly and I love getting better.
JP: Thanks for your time