Penn State - Nittany Lions
Chaz Powell - #2 - CB-KR
|Event||Ht||Wt||Hand||Arm||Wing||Wonderlic||40 yard||BP||BJ||VJ||20s||60s||3 Cn|
|03/14/2012 Penn State Pro Day||6-0 1/2||207||9 1/4||30||74||4.51||10'3"||33||11.32|
|02/29/2012 Combine||6-0 3/8||203||9 3/8||30 1/8||73 1/4||4.50||17||10'1"||33||4.18||6.86|
A multitalented athlete as a Pennsylvania prep lettering in basketball, lacrosse and track and field in addition to excelling as a defensive back and running back. Redshirted in 2007. Saw action in all 13 games as a reserve and special-teams player in ’08, rushing eight times for 74 yards (9.3-yard average) and two touchdowns, grabbing two passes for 37 yards (18.5-yard average) and no TDs and returning nine kickoffs for 259 yards (28.8-yard average). Started nine of the 12 games in which he played at wide receiver in ’09 and posted 28-366-3 (13.1) receiving, 9-76-0 (8.4) rushing and 16-371-0 (23.2) as a kickoff returner. Did not play against Michigan State (shoulder). Made the switch from wide receiver to cornerback in ’10 and played in all 13 games with five starts at right cornerback, tallying 11 tackles, five pass breakups and no interceptions. Saw some action on offense with 3-11-0 (3.7) receiving and added 21-503-1 (24.0) on kickoff returns. Had a 100-yard kickoff return against Youngstown State — the first 100-yard return for Penn State since Rich Mauti in 1975. In 13 games in ’11 (10 starts at RCB and two at LCB, no start vs. Eastern Michigan), he recorded 41-2-2 with 2 1⁄2 tackles for loss and was the team’s leading kickoff returner with 27-733-1 (27.1). Returned the season-opening kickoff 95 yards for a TD against Indiana State.Positives:
Very good size and athletic ability. Can turn and run deep. Willing tackler. Productive kickoff returner — fields confidently and has speed to be a field-position weapon. Has worked as a “gunner” and jammer.Negatives:
Has short arms. Was not asked to press or man up. Allows a big cushion and plays conservatively. Unrefined footwork and technique. Average tackle strength. Green instincts. Straight-linish as a kickoff returner. Return yardage is inflated by poor competition. Carries the ball loosely. Did not return punts. Relatively inexperienced — one-year starter and two-year cornerback.Summary:
A converted receiver, Powell gained visibility in his only season as a cornerback starter. Is unpolished, but has appealing size, speed and return ability.
Chaz Powell's Draft Stock
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