The Kansas City Chiefs have finally drafted a nose tackle in Ole Miss defensive lineman Jerrell Powe.
Whether or not Powe can be the long term starter remains to be seen but at least the Chiefs are finally addressing the position in the draft.
We talked a little bit about Powe a week ago. AA Staff Writer Merlin had a nice breakdown on Powe when he talked about NT prospects on Draft Thursday:
Jerrell Powe Mississippi 6′ 2” 335 lbs
Powe is close to what the Chiefs look for. Like Taylor, he has a good build for a nose tackle. Unlike Taylor, he has a longer track record of success against a higher level of competition. Also, he was a captain at Ole Miss, so the leadership question should not be an issue. Unfortunately, he was moved to a three-technique for his senior year and asked to lose weight. He did not perform as well under those conditions. He should flourish in the NFL as a true nose tackle. He does have his own baggage. Powe had some serious academic issues and was denied academic eligibility by the NCAA on three occasions. That is not a trivial concern for a team like the Chiefs. However, he was diagnosed with dyslexia. If the Chiefs are satisfied with Powe’s character and intelligence, you may see his name called in rounds two or three.
The scouting reports I’ve read on Powe sound pretty good. He plays with a nice leverage and, get ready for this, he’s a block-eater! He can clog the middle and is good at drawing double teams. He also has an impressive bull rush. Sweet Ron Edwards had one bull rush for a sack last year. I don’t know if you remember it but it was breathtaking. Having a guy who could do that a handful of times a year could really help.
Powe dropped some weight between his junior and senior seasons. Scouts seem to think he played better at 340 than at 325.
What say you Addicts? Will Powe be the NT of the future for the Chiefs? Is he the NT of right now? Sound off.