The risks of concussions haven’t kept any former college football players from the NFL, including former college football players with a history of concussions.
Stanford receiver Chris Owusu agreed to terms with the 49ers shortly after the draft ended, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
Owusu, who played for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, missed the balance of his final season after suffering a concussion on November 5 and being taken to a hospital via ambulance. He also suffered a concussion during the 2010 season.
“Chris wasn’t wiped off our board,” 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke told the media on Saturday. “You’ve got to remember, he was cleared to play by the same group of doctors that work with us on a regular basis. He certainly was not off our board.”
Still, no one invested a draft pick on Owusu. Even though he has been fully cleared to play, concerns regarding the impact of his next concussion could have contributed to the slide.