Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 8/24/08: #22 CB, #242/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 7 2008: First-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection...voted one of four team captains by his teammates...tied for third on the team in tackles with 68 (40 solos) that included three stops for losses of 11 yards and a quarterback pressure (vs. Boise State)...Collected just one interception, returning it 25 yards and led the Spartans with eight pass deflections... Was the major reason the team improved from ranking 75th in the country in total defense in 2007 (408.0 ypg) to 21st (also second in the WAC) with an average of 311.67 yards per game...The secondary's improvement was even more noticeable, going from 78th in the NCAA with an average of 242.08 yards per game allowed passing in 2007 to finishing tenth in the country and second in the league by giving up just 170.25 aerial yards per game...Owens started 38 of 48 games at San Jose State, including his final 37 contests at right cornerback...Recorded 228 tackles (132 solos) with an 8-yard sack, seven stops for losses of 24 yards and one quarterback pressure...Deflected 20 passes...Gained 132 yards on 13 interceptions that rank ninth among active NCAA players and placed fourth on the school career record list, topped by the 14 generated each by Ken Thomas (1979-82), Sherman Croft (1982-83) and Gerald Jones (2002-03)...2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 41 Sol-75 TT, 2.5 TFL, 6 INT, 3 PBU; Second team All-WAC...2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 33 Sol-50 TT, 1.5 TFL, 1 SK, 4 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF; Was one-half of the top pair of cornerbacks in the category of pass interceptions in 2006...Along with Dwight Lowery, combined for 13 interceptions...Had his four interceptions in the final five games of the season... Most recent San Jose State player to intercept more than one pass in a game with his pair of thefts in the win over Fresno State...Finished 10th in the conference in passes defended with his five pass break-ups and four interceptions...One of three defensive backs to start in every game...Has made at least one tackle in each of the Spartans' last 23 games...2005: 11 GP; 1 GS; 18 Sol-35 TT, 2 INT, 4 PBU; Saw considerable action during the season and started in the Nevada game... Was credited with 35 tackles and tied for third on the team with two pass interceptions... Season high of 10 tackles came against Nevada... Interceptions occurred at Louisiana Tech and in the New Mexico State win.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Falcons' picks: Round 3/90 -- Chris Owens, CB, 5-10, 181, San Jose State...Considered a smallish corner, some viewed Owens as a solid mid-round pick. He started all 12 games last season and has experience, having played as a true freshman, including one start. - by The Sports Xchange
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03/25/13 - CB Chris Owens, a free agent from Atlanta, signed with the Cleveland Browns.
01/18/13 - CB Chris Owens (hamstring) returned to practice and was limited. Owens sat out the regular-season finale against Tampa Bay. Owens is a key special-teams player and did not play against Seattle in the divisional playoff game.
01/16/13 - CB Christopher Owens, who was inactive against Seattle with a hamstring injury, did not practice.
01/11/13 - CB Chris Owens (hamstring) did not practice Thursday. Owens sat out the regular-season finale against Tampa Bay. Owens is a key special-teams player and may not be ready for Sunday's playoff game vs. Seattle.
01/10/13 - CB Chris Owens (hamstring) did not practice. Owens sat out the regular-season finale against Tampa Bay. Owens is a key special-teams player.