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Bilal Powell (RB)
  • Height:
    5'11"
  • Weight:
    207 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    30 7/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    8 3/4 in.
  • College:
    Louisville
  • Conference:
    AAC
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Selected by: New York Jets
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 29 (126)

Pick Analysis: Rex Ryan loves to feature a punishing running game, and Powell gives them another hammer to add to their rotation. He has a combination of strength, power and body control to be effective between the tackles on downhill runs. He will have a tough time taking carries from Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson but could vie for playing time as the Jets' No. 3 runner.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash- -
  • Bench Press18.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump- -
  • Broad Jump- -
  • 3 Cone Drill- -
  • 20 Yard Shuttle- -
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Powell had a breakout season in 2010, and he has vision to excel in a zone blocking scheme at the next level. He possesses a knack for finding a seam and can accelerate on a dime to find daylight. He is very elusive in the open field, as he can idle down and then explode past a defender. He does not have the strength to run over people in the NFL, but he keeps his legs churning and usually falls forward after contact. Powell is a very good one-cut and go back and could be a middle round pick.


Strengths

Powell is thickly built with a low center of gravity. Finds running lanes quickly, waits to set up his blocks, and can plant and explode through holes. Very elusive in the open field and flashes the ability to get big chunks of yards after the catch. Aggressive and a very capable blocker in pass protection.

Weaknesses

Does not have the speed to consistently get around the edge and will not separate in the second level. Not the strongest runner and will not be able to push the pile in short yardage situations or tally yards after contact. Limited experience as a receiver out of the backfield.

Grade

4.8

 

Video Playlist

  1. Jets pick Bilal Powell No. 126

    Published: April 30, 2011 at 01:45 p.m.

    The Jets select Louisville RB Bilal Powell with the 126th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - RB Bilal Powell, Louisville

    Published: April 8, 2011 at 01:11 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Louisville running back Bilal Powell.

  3. Bilal Powell vignette

    Published: March 24, 2011 at 04:05 p.m.

    Get to know Louisville RB Bilal Powell and find out how a near-death experience has impacted his life.

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