Chris Owens (American football)

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Chris Owens
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Owens with the Cleveland Browns
No. 21, 41, 20, 30
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1986-12-01) December 1, 1986 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Angeles (CA) Dorsey
College: San Jose State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 90
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 217
Sacks: 4.0
Interceptions: 3
Player stats at

Christopher Todd Dillard Owens (born December 1, 1986) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at San Jose State.

Early years[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, California, Owens attended Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. Owens, in his senior season, had five interceptions and was named first-team all-league.[1] Owens graduated from Dorsey High in 2004.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Chris Owens
Los Angeles, CA Dorsey HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.5 Feb 4, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 111 (school)   Rivals: 111 (school)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

Part of Fitz Hill's final recruiting class, Owens attended San Jose State University, the only school that offered him an athletic scholarship.[3] Owens redshirted his freshman year and first played in 2005, under new head coach Dick Tomey. In 11 games played as a freshman, Owens had 35 tackles, 2 interceptions, 6 passes defended, and a forced fumble.[4] As a sophomore in 2006, Owens led San Jose State to the 2006 New Mexico Bowl title and played 13 games (starting all 13) with 50 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 9 passes defended.[1][4]

As a junior in 2007, Owens was selected All-WAC second-team and led the conference with six interceptions; he also had 75 tackles and 9 passes defended.[1][4] In his senior season of 2008, Owens had 68 tackles, one interception, 9 passes defended, and 2 forced fumbles.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
181 lb
(82 kg)
4.51 s 1.53 s 2.59 s 4.17 s 6.93 s 34.5 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 2 in
(2.79 m)
14 reps
Measurements were taken at the NFL Scouting Combine.[5][6]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

In the 2009 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected Owens in the third round, 90th overall. As a rookie, Owens played 16 games with 6 starts. He had 29 tackles, 2 passes defended, and 2 interceptions.[7]

In 2010, Owens again played in 16 games and had 3 starts. He had 40 tackles, 1 pass defended, and 3 interceptions.[7] In the Falcons' Divisional Round loss to eventual Super Bowl XLV champions Green Bay Packers, Owens had 7 tackles, a pass defended, and a quarterback hit.[7]

In 2011, Owens played 14 games with 2 starts. He had 27 tackles, a sack, 3 passes defended, a quarterback hit, 2 tackles for loss, and 8 special teams tackles.[7]

In 2012, Owens played in 13 games with one start. In the regular season, Owens had 17 tackles, 4 passes defended, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble, and 5 special teams tackles. In the postseason, Owens played in the NFC Championship Game, a 28-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.[8] Owens had one tackle, on special teams.[7]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Owens signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2013. He played 12 games with 2 starts and had 51 tackles, 2.5 sacks (for a total loss of 13.5 yards), 3 passes defended, 2 quarterback hits, a tackle for loss, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, and six special teams tackles.[7] On December 17, the Browns waived Owens.[9]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

The following day, Owens signed with the Miami Dolphins.[10] Owens played in the Dolphins' season finale, a 20-7 loss to the New York Jets, and had a tackle on special teams.[7][11]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On March 21, 2014, Owens signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. In the 2014 season, Owens played 11 games with 3 starts for the Chiefs and had 33 tackles with 4 passes defended.[12]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On May 13, 2015, the Detroit Lions signed Owens to a one-year contract.[13] On August 31, 2015, the Lions placed Owens on IR.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On November 25, 2015 Owens signed with the New Orleans Saints.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Owens's brother Alvin played for the San Diego Riptide of AF2,[7] and Owens's cousin Bené Benwikere also played cornerback at San Jose State and was drafted in 2014 by the Carolina Panthers.[15]


  1. ^ a b c "Christopher Owens". San Jose State Spartans. Archived from the original on June 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chris Owens: 2003 Susan Miller Dorsey HS - SR". Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Christopher Owens". Yahoo. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d
  5. ^ "Christopher Owens". Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ "2009 Combine Player Profiles: Christopher Owens". NFL. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Chris Owens" (PDF). Kansas City Chiefs. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 15, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
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  9. ^ Ulrich, Nate (December 17, 2013). "Browns waive CB Chris Owens, WR Armanti Edwards off injured reserve". Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ Kelly, Omar (December 18, 2013). "Dolphins claim former Browns cornerback Chris Owens". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
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  13. ^ Twentyman, Tim (May 13, 2015). "Lions sign two veteran players". Detroit Lions. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Saints' Chris Owens: Set to sign with Saints -". Retrieved 2015-11-26. 
  15. ^ Person, Joseph (May 22, 2014). "Panthers rookie Benwikere's future turned corner in high school". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 

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