Draft Zone Spotlight: Jody Owens, OLB, Montana State University
This 6’0, Outside Linebacker has some amazing skills, he can drop in coverage is very knowledgeable of the game, and has a motor. I believe he would be one of the most impressive inside linebacker in this draft. I think he will need to make a switch because of his height but don’t count Jody Owens out. This kid is amazing, and was the leader of the Bobcats defense. I love his intensity and let’s face it the kid is always around the ball. Whether it is causing a fumble, making a hit, or catching an interception, this kid is a gamer. He will impress and end up in someone’s NFL camp.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
Coming out of high school, I was recruited by a handful of FCS teams (South Dakota St, SFA, Montana St) the only FBS was the Air Force
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for?
I’ve always been a huge Cowboys fan since day 1. There wasn’t a specific player
At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film?
Being a linebacker its a must that you know everything going on the field. First it starts upfront by scouting the opposing teams O-line and mastering their basic concepts. Everything starts in the trenches. Then I take a look at the QB and the playmakers to identify what formations they like to attack out of. Once I get a good idea on what they like then I look at the weaknesses and how they can be exploited.
Do you consider yourself a quiet leader or an outspoken role model?
I would say I’m a little bit of both. By serving as the team captain this past season I realized that it’s ok to be outspoken but action is the #1 thing that the other players must see in a leader. Someone who goes all out and never take plays off.
If you could take one day back and erase it from your past what day would you erase?
I honestly don’t have any regrets. I believe God puts everything in your life for a reason good or bad. Its up to each person to keep their faith regardless of the situation.
Do you have any hobbies, if so tell the world what it is?
My hobbies are hanging out with friends and family and watching sports.
Who was the toughest player you ever played against?
The toughest player I’ve ever played against was Taiwan Jones. Dude was the total package at RB from agility to speed one of the few players I would admit to missing a tackle on.
What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football?
I would have to say that it’s a tie between chosen as team captain and being the MVP of the Big Sky Conference. Whenever you earn the respect of your brother’s (teammates) and they view you as a rep. of the team is a special thing. Also with the MVP award when other coaches that you compete against vote you to such high accolades its definitely seen as an honor.
If it was your last meal, what would you eat?
It would have to be anything that comes out of my Aunt Chris kitchen. Best cook hands down!
Before the game, what song might I hear on your ipod?
It’s kind of an old one but I still listen to Many Men by 50cent. That song always gets me ready to handle business on the field.
Do you have any pre game rituals?
Before games I don’t do anything special just try to relax and focus on what’s ahead.
If you could pick out your biggest weakness what would it be?
I would have to say my pass rush. Sometimes I can be predictable with my moves, definitely something to work on.
Have you talked to any NFL scouts throughout this process, and what feedback are you getting?
Yes, I’ve talked to a few scouts and they said they like my range on the field and that I have a quick first step. They said my pro day will be huge in the evaluation process.
If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
I would have to say Gary Brackett who played for the Colts, because of his stature and his ability to make plays all over the field.
What is the most tragic event that occurred to you, and how did you rebound?
After my junior season when I had to get surgery on my left knee then turned around and hurt the other one which caused surgery as well. This was tough because I knew it would take a lot of time to recover and also get where I wanted to be. I just took it one day at a time and prayed to God to help me through the tough situation.
Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
It’s going to be something for my mom. She deserves everything and more from being a single parent and making sure I never wanted for nothing. The least I could do is put a smile on her face.
If you could meet one person, dead or alive who would it be and why?
This is easy, Michael Jordan, though he plays a different sport, his competitive nature and his always striving to be the best regardless of the situation. I think I could learn a lot by meeting him which would definitely benefit my career.