Photo of Walt Powell
Drafted By: Cardinals

Combine Results

Grade
4.84 ?
  • 4.63 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 10 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.23 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Powell had an excellent pro day workout. He caught everything thrown to him and made nice adjustments on the ball." -- Gil Brandt

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 189LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Brother, Brandon Williams, was a 49ers third-rounder in 2006. Wore jersey No. 82 his first two seasons. As a true freshman in 2010, saw limited action in all 11 games and caught three balls for 16 yards (5.3-yard average) and zero touchdowns. Took ownership of the Racers' "Z" receiver position in '11 when he started 7-of-11 games and produced 45-584-5 (13.0). Established MSU single-season receiving records in '12 -- started all 11 games and racked up 94-1213-10 (12.9). Added 23 kickoff returns for 604 yards (26.3) and 19 punt returns for 301 yards (15.8), including two scores. Started all 10 games played in '13, totaling 66-837-13 (12.7) receiving and 11-346 (31.5), including a score, on kickoffs. Suffered a foot injury and was sidelined the final two games of the season against Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky. Was arrested in October and charged with 4th-degree assault (domestic violence) and theft by unlawful taking (less than $500) stemming from an incident at the Calloway County Fairgrounds -- ultimately charges were dropped when a grand jury found insufficient evidence. Was the Pacers' leading receiver three straight years. Team captain.

Analysis

Strengths

Loose lower body. Good balance and short-area quickness. Slippery after the catch -- can elude the first tackler and dart to daylight. Shows confidence and a knack for finding creases as a returner -- four scores the last two seasons. Productive three-year starter. Smart and competitive. Two-time team captain with terrific intangibles -- cares about the game and works at his craft.

Weaknesses

Has a thin build and short arms. Needs to get stronger -- ill-equipped to combat press coverage. Not an explosive, quick-twitch athlete. Average hands and foot speed. Route running needs refinement. Underpowered blocker.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

Lean, short-armed, smoother-than-sudden receiver/return man who will need the benefit of a free slot release given his pedestrian speed and strength. Intangibles and return skills will have to carry him, as he lacks distinguishable athletic traits.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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