Powers-ful Pro Day For Defensive Back

Jerraud Powers talks about his performance on Pro Day and his prospects for the NFL Draft.

Auburn, Ala.--For Jerraud Powers, Tuesday's Pro Day on the Auburn campus was another chance to prove the doubters wrong. Told he was too small and not fast enough ever since he decided to turn pro following his junior year, Powers improved on a solid NFL Combine performance with an even better performance the second time around.

Running back to back times in the 4.4's in the 40-yard dash, Powers showed that he had the speed to be able to play cornerback in the NFL. Excelling in the three-cone drill, which measures change of direction and burst, he carried that over to the field when he got in position drills. Following the extra-long workout that included three teams working out Powers and N.C. State defensive back Jeremy Gray, the Decatur native said he was pleased with his overall performance.

"I think it went well," Powers said. "I think I improved on my 40 a lot. I think a lot of guys were surprised with my 40 time. I ran pretty good at the combine, but the main thing people were worried about was if I was going to do a lot today. I wanted to show them I'm a competitor and I believed I could improve in everything. I did everything but the bench and I think it went well. A lot of scouts told me I did a great job. We'll just take it from there."

Jerraud Powers snags a pass during the defensive back drills.

Worked out by Carolina Panthers' secondary coach Ron Milus, the defensive backs and linebackers went through a rigorous workout. That continued after the group was done as several teams got an extra look at Powers. While it made for a strenuous day, Powers noted it was well worth it if it means teams are wanting a closer look.

"It was a good environment and it felt good to be singled out," Powers said. "They wanted to see a little bit more work and just to talk to them personally and hear the advice they were telling me was good. I'm glad it happened."

Projected somewhere between the fourth and sixth rounds before the combine, Powers has made a move after two strong workouts. He said after Tuesday he believes he could make another jump.

"Who knows, I might sneak into that second round after today," Powers said. "I'm not worrying about that. Wherever I get drafted it will be a blessing. If I go second round or seventh round, it will be a blessing either way. I know once I get on the team and get it going I'll be fine."

Working out at Elite Athletics in Los Angeles with several players preparing for the NFL Draft as well as veterans such as Marcus Trufant, Powers said he has remained focused on getting ready for the NFL since the day he made his mind up to make the jump. While many people questioned his choice to turn pro, Powers said he looked at his possible upside and decided there was no time like the present to make a run at his dream of playing in the NFL.

"I didn't believe my draft status would change from year to year," Powers said. "A lot of people were saying the coaches were a factor or this and that, but that had nothing to do with it. I would have had a great time playing for coach Chiz (Gene Chizik). He recruited me for Auburn. I would have loved it. My senior year would have been big, but I honestly didn't think my status would change from year to year.

"When I made my decision I didn't want to have any regrets because it probably would have messed with my head a little bit if I had some regrets going into it," Powers added. "I got a lot of advice from some people and I knew when I made my decision I wanted to be 100 percent committed to it. I just went from there and I'm enjoying the ride."

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