Bilal Powell Scouting Report

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Bilal Powell Scouting Report

Position: RB
Conference: AAC
School: Louisville Cardinals
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #15
Height & Weight: 6'0 - 215 lbs.
Drafted 4.29 in 2011 by NYJ

2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville

Heading into his senior season in 2010, Bilal Powell had only started five games. After an impressive final year in Louisville, Powell is quickly moving up draft boards and could be drafted in the fourth or fifth round. Even when the 6-0, 215 pound back was not playing much, he was still getting into the end zone. As a true freshman Powell only rushed 24 times for 187 yards, but he reached the end zone twice.

Powell got more carries in 2008, but his yards per carry average dropped for 7.8 as a freshman to 4.8 as a sophomore. However, Powell was still progressing nicely and ended up starting one game in 2008 and rushing for 354 yards and two touchdowns on 75 carries. In 2009 the attempts again went up, but the yards per game again went down. Powell ended the 2009 campaign rushing 108 times for 392 yards. Those are not great numbers, but Powell did reach the end zone four times and added 12 receptions for 103 yards.

It was not until his senior season when Powell began to shine. During a relatively forgettable season for Louisville, Powell has been one of the few bright spots. In 11 games, Powell rushed 211 times for 1,259 yards and ten touchdowns. He also added 16 receptions for 148 yards and three more scores. Powell is just 100 yards away from breaking the schools single season rushing record and will have a good opportunity to do so during the Beef O'Brady's Bowl against Southern Miss.

2/10 Update: Powell failed to reach the 100 yard plateau and break Louisville's single season rushing record against Southern Miss, but he did rush for 63 yards and a huge touchdown late in the first half to catapult the Cardinals to a bowl victory. Powell is a fine power rusher, but his technique needs to improve if he wants to be an impact player in the NFL and that should keep him in the mid-rounds no matter how well he performs in the pre-draft workouts.

4/8 Update: Powell had a fine showing during Senior Week, but a nagging hamstring injury kept him out of the NFL combine. Still, Powell was sneaking up draft boards and was ready to show off for scouts at Louisville's pro day. Powell was reported to run around 4.5 40-yard-dash, but pulled his hamstring again during his second attempt. The durability problem is huge, but if Powell can stay healthy he can be a feature back in the NFL and a steal in the middle rounds of the draft.

Last Updated Apr-08-2011 by Joel Welser

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