The versatility of the O-Line makes Chris Owens’ NFL dreams come true

The Steelers, free agent guard Chris Owens, aspires to become an NFL general manager after his playing career is over, Tuscaloosa News’ Nick Kelly told. Owens spent six years in Alabama, moving throughout the offensive line, although he is expected to be an inside offensive line man at the NFL level. While in Alabama, he was a semi-finalist for the 2021 William at Campbell Award—also known as Academic Heisman—along with fellow UDFA fellow Jake Dixon, among others.

Owens got his love of team building from Madden (because, frankly, who didn’t). “There will be years I won’t play until the season,” Owens said. “I was just going to simulate the off season and worry about rebuilding the team, and when I finally built the Super Bowl team, I played in the Super Bowl.”

Owens’ obsession with football developed at a young age, sleeping in reading playbooks and consuming college football all day on Saturdays and NFL every Sunday. He was also going to YouTube to see the tape and the highlights. His topical versatility came from studying NFL rosters and moving along the offensive line in high school.

“I realized that in order to get to where I want to be, diversity is probably the most marketable thing for me and it would be the best thing for the team,” Owens said.

Owens started 20 games of his career in Alabama, twelve of which were in the right tackle during the 2021 season, playing for the College Football Playoff. He had 19 knockout blocks during his first season. He also has experience playing in the center, taking a spot on injured Landon Dickerson in the SEC Championship and playing that role through the college football game, blocking current Steelers RB Nagy Harris. As a recruit, Owens had an unanimous four-star rating and was ranked the No. 10 Ranger in his class.

While Owens’ versatility certainly helps him when it comes to making up the NFL roster, the Steelers have plenty of inside attacking depth right now. With James Daniels, Mason Cole, Kevin Dotson, and Kendrick Green all in there, it doesn’t all leave much room for someone to win a place. When you consider Pittsburgh also that JC Hassenauer is fighting for a place, along with John Leglue who started guard last year, it doesn’t seem like an easy path for the UDFA to build the roster. However, Owens’ background means he definitely knows what he needs to do to showcase himself and try to earn a spot on the roster or coaching squad. Clearly, Pittsburgh saw something in him, and it would be fun to watch him compete with the veterans around him to try and crack the opening 53-man roster.

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