Tyvis Powell – S – Ohio State
Strengths: Tall and long-limbed to make him a difficult matchup on deep passes. Has excellent range with good speed and decent athleticism. Playmaker and leader who gets his teammates fired up. Strong presence in run support.
Shows good ball skills to get himself in position to knock away passes. Often eliminated the deep ball from the opposing team’s playbook before the game even started. Physically able to matchup on TEs and the larger WRs.
Weaknesses: Smaller WRs give him trouble with their quickness. Slow out of his breaks which makes him susceptible to misdirection, double moves, and quick moves. Needs work on taking better angles to make up for his lack of quickness. Though he shows all the tools needed, the stat sheets don’t reflect it. Can be too emotional at times, often getting down on himself when he makes a mistake.
The Fit: Powell is another large safety to help secure the depth on the back end of the secondary. While the Chiefs did retain Sorenson and are supposedly moving Fleming over to help, neither move feels like a long-term fix. Powell brings an added dimension with his size, which should help against the new breed of athletic TEs. He would be especially useful in the Red Zone and against jump balls.
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