Jerraud Powers # CB
Height: 5-10 Weight: 187 Age: 27
Born: 7/19/1987 Decatur , AL
Experience: 7th season
High School: Decatur HS [AL]
Selected By: Indianapolis Colts
Pick (Overall): 28 (92)
One of the most underrated cornerbacks in college football, Powers decided to venture to the National Football League in 2009 rather than return to the Tigers, who underwent a coaching change. An experienced two-year starter, he lined up at both cornerback positions during his career, as his blanket pass coverage reminded fans of former Tigers standout Carlos Rogers (now with the Washington Redskins).
Since arriving on Auburn's campus, the Tigers' secondary ranked among the nation's elite, even during their losing season in 2008. Before Powers joined the program, Auburn ranked 32nd in the nation vs. the pass in 2005, allowing 199.0 yards per game. The Tigers improved to 14th in the country during Power's first season (168.15 ypg) and in his first year as a starter, the unit placed sixth in the NCAA (173.23 ypg).
Powers attended Decatur High School, where he was ranked among the state's top 30 prospects, according to Scout.com. He was named All-Decatur, All-Region and Class 4A-6A All-Area as a senior. He added Montgomery Advertiser and Alabama Sports Writers Association's All-State honors. He was an honorable mention All-Southern Football Team choice by the Orlando Sentinel and a member of the Mobile Register Super Southeast 120 squad, in addition to making the Rivals.com Alabama Top 25 unit.
Powers was selected to Tom Lemming's All-Southeast, Super Prep's All-Dixie and Prep Star's All-Region team. He accumulated 46 tackles, four interceptions and forced two fumbles as a senior, leading his team to the second round of the playoffs. He compiled 44 tackles, four interceptions and added 209 receiving yards and three touchdowns as a junior. He also lettered in basketball, averaged 15 points a game for his career.
Powers enrolled at Auburn in 2005, spending the season performing on the scout team. Despite not starting any of the 13 games he played in during 2006, he was named to the Freshman All-Southeastern Conference squad. He was the team's top reserve, seeing action at free safety and right cornerback. He produced 26 tackles (20 solos) with a stop for a loss and a fumble recovery. He blocked a punt and also deflected four passes.
In 2007, Powers shifted to left cornerback, starting all 13 games. He was the recipient of the Zeke Smith Award, presented each year to Auburn's Defensive Player of the Year. He intercepted four passes and deflected five others, as he caused a fumble and advanced a fumble recovery 36 yards.
He did not allow an opponent to catch any passes in four contests and allowed no touchdowns while posting 63 tackles (45 solos) and had four stops behind the line of scrimmage. Late in the season, he suffered a strange injury as he was bitten on the left hand by a security guard dog that was patrolling the sidelines during the Alabama contest.
After an incomplete pass in the back of the end zone late in the game, Powers was turning back toward the field when a security dog bit his left hand. Powers, who also came through with a critical end-zone interception earlier in the game, was able to play the rest of the game. "The interception will be the first thing they talk about," Powers said. "But the second will be, 'What about that German Shepherd in the back of the end zone?' Everyone said, 'Why didn't you kick the dog?' I was like, 'There were three more dogs barking at me.' I'm embarrassed to talk about it. I didn't even think a German Shepherd would be on the back line of the end zone. He got all of my hand, I know that."
The 2009 All-SEC second-team pick was bothered by a hamstring pull that saw him miss two late-season games vs. Arkansas and Mississippi. He started 10 games at right cornerback, ranking sixth on the team with 47 tackles (30 solos). He intercepted two passes and deflected seven others, as he again held the opposition to no receptions in four contests.