2011 Draft Results

Draft Analysis

What he brings: Powell is an instinctive, patient runner with good vision. He can see and get through the hole, and he is very good in pass pro. There are concerns, though, about his lack of elite lateral quickness to get in and out of traffic.
How he fits: On paper, it looks like the Jets are pretty deep at RB with Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson and Joe McKnight, but Tomlinson is at the end of his career and McKnight added almost nothing late in the season. Powell has a chance to probably be the No. 3 RB in 2011 and move up when Tomlinson retires.

Draft Results

Overall Football Traits

Production32007: (8/0) 24 carries, 187 yards (7.8), 2 TD; 3 catches, 25 yards. 2008: (11/0) 75 carries, 354 yards (4.7), 2 TD; 12 catches, 58 yards (4.8). 2009: (11/2) 108 carries, 392 yards (3.6), 4 TD; 12 catches, 103 yards (8.6). 2010: (12/10) 229 carries, 1,488 yards (6.1), 11 TD; 18 catches, 158 yards (8.8), 3 TD.Career: 19 kick returns, 422 yards (22.2)
Height-Weight-Speed3Prototypical size with adequate but not good top-end speed.
Durability3In 2010, injured right knee vs. Pitt and did not play the next outing (Syracuse). Did not run or jump at combine.
Intangibles2Came from a rough upbringing and was headed down the wrong path early in his life. Was doing poorly in school and surrounding himself with bad influences. Wound up getting stabbed during his sophomore year in high school, which lead to him leaving home and moving in with a coach's family. He has turned his entire life around since then. Blossomed as a football player under head coach Charlie Strong in 2010 and best football still might be ahead of him.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

Running Back Specific Traits

Competitiveness2Has limited power for a back his size but he runs hard and low. Runs with very good pad level, churns out extra yards at the end of runs while consistently falling forward. Ball security is a concern.
Vision/Patience1Very good vision and run instincts. Feels the crease before it opens and knows how to set up his blocks. Has patience but is decisive. This is his greatest strength as a runner.
Agility/Acceleration3Lateral quickness is good but not elite. Does not show a second gear to bounce runs to the second level. Top-end speed is average to below average. But he excels at sticking his foot in the dirt and accelerating up the field. He's shifty and can stop and start with minimal time wasted.
Power/Balance3Runs with good balance and shows a solid center of gravity. Not an overpowering runner but generally runs low to the ground and fights for extra yards after contact. Adequate-to-good balance. Runs with knees high at times but needs to be more consistent.
Passing Game3Reliable pass catcher. Struggles to adjust to poorly thrown ball but can catch balls thrown within frame. Aggressive in pass pro. Usually makes good initial contact and shows some pop at the point of attack but needs to learn to get feet set and sustain better.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal