Within seconds of the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft, the 49ers were calling rookie free agent Chris Owusu. Coach Jim Harbaugh and many of his Stanford coaching staff transplants were already dialed in with the talented receiver after having coached him in college.
For now, Owusu finds himself on a stacked depth chart that’s full of talented receivers. Starting Friday, Owusu will join seven 49ers draft picks and dozens of other rookies and tryouts for a three-day minicamp.
“It definitely helps that I played for Coach Harbaugh at Stanford and coming out here, hopefully the playbook is a little similar,” Owusu said. “Knowing the concepts going into rookie minicamp is going to be huge for me just to go out there and play fast because that’s what Coach Harbaugh expects from me – to go all-out and play fast like he knows I can.”
Owusu can certainly play fast. During the NFL Scouting Combine, the 6-foot, 196-pound Owusu ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds, tied for the second-fastest time overall. In four seasons at Stanford, Owusu had 102 catches for 1,534 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Having played under Harbaugh and followed his jump to the NFL, Owusu is very familiar with the 49ers. He also got to enjoy Thursday’s lunch with former Stanford teammate and current 49ers tight end Konrad Reuland.
“I know a lot about the team,” Owusu said. “They’re right here in San Francisco and being at Stanford you hear a lot of publicity about them and deservedly so. Last year, especially under Coach Harbaugh, they bought into his philosophy of playing hard with an all-out, blue-collar mentality. That’s what I expect to come out here and bring to the table.”
Even though minicamp will be something of a crash course – five practices in three days – Owusu said he’s looking forward to soaking in the NFL experience.
“It feels good to start another chapter and I’m excited to be here in the 49ers facility and just get everything started,” Owusu said. “It’s about what you put into it, honestly. Just got to go out here and try to set a name for yourself in front of all the coaches and do what you know how to do and that’s play football. “
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