Chris Owens
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Owens with the Cleveland Browns
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Personal information
Born: (1986-12-01) December 1, 1986 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school:Susan Miller Dorsey
(Los Angeles, California)
College:San Jose State
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 90
Career history
* Atlanta Falcons ( 2009 2012)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:222
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:2
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 yearsEdit

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]

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 
Scout:N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 111 (school)   Rivals: 111 (school)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 181 lb 4.51 s 1.53 s 2.59 s 4.17 s 6.93 s 34.5 in 9 ft 2 in 14 reps

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.[5]

In 2010, Owens again played in 16 games and had 3 starts. He had 40 tackles, 1 pass defended, and 3 interceptions.[5] 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.[5]

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.[5]

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.[6] Owens had one tackle, on special teams.[5]

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.[5] On December 17, the Browns waived Owens.[7]

Miami Dolphins Edit

The following day, Owens signed with the Miami Dolphins.[8] Owens played in the Dolphins' season finale, a 20-7 loss to the New York Jets, and had a tackle on special teams.[5][9]

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.[10]

Detroit Lions Edit

On May 13, 2015, the Detroit Lions signed Owens to a one-year contract.[11] 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.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Owens is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, joining the Mu Lambda chapter at San Jose State in 2006. Owens's brother Alvin played for the San Diego Riptide of AF2,[5] and Owens's cousin Bené Benwikere also played cornerback at San Jose State and was drafted in 2014 by the Carolina Panthers.[13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "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. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 "Chris Owens". Kansas City Chiefs. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  7. Ulrich, Nate (December 17, 2013). "Browns waive CB Chris Owens, WR Armanti Edwards off injured reserve". Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  8. Kelly, Omar (December 18, 2013). "Dolphins claim former Browns cornerback Chris Owens". Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  11. Twentyman, Tim (May 13, 2015). "Lions sign two veteran players". Detroit Lions. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  12. "Saints' Chris Owens: Set to sign with Saints -". Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  13. Person, Joseph (May 22, 2014). "Panthers rookie Benwikere’s future turned corner in high school". Retrieved February 14, 2015.

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