Powers Not Surprised He's A 3rd Round Pick

Auburn cornerback Jerraud Powers has been drafted by the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

Auburn, Ala.--Cornerback Jerraud Powers was selected in the third round of the National Football League by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

At home in Decatur with his family, Powers said he wasn't watching the draft because of his nerves, but is thankful the phone call came as early as it did on Sunday.

"This is a big day obviously," Powers said. "It's a dream I have been chasing ever since I started playing when I was five. It's just a blessing. I'm just excited. I'm excited about the future and what it holds. I'm just happy for it to be over with and me be on a team."

Powers was the second Auburn player taken in the 2009 NFL Draft. Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks was picked in the second round by the Tennessee Titans as the 62nd overall pick.

Both Powers and Marks were were plagued by injuries last season and both decided to bypass their redshirt senior seasons for the draft.

Powers performed well at the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.49 in the 40, did 36.5 inches in the vertical jump and did 15 reps in the bench press. He ran a 4.08 in the 20-yard shuttle and did the 3 Cone Drill in 7.09 seconds and did 10 feet, two inches in the standing broad jump. He followed that with a good showing at Auburn's Pro Day.

Jerraud Powers was Auburn's Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, but wasn't sure where or who would pick him. He said his performance at at the combine and pro day put him over the edge for a team like the Colts.

"I didn't know it was going to be the Colts," Powers said. "The Colts were one of the teams showing me a lot of interest and really showed me I could play in their defensive system. They showed a lot of interest starting at the combine and going through pro day. I sort of had a feeling, but this whole process I didn't know who was going to draft me."

Powers played in 10 games in 2008 and made 47 tackles with two interceptions. He deflected seven passes. Those weren't the numbers Powers or the Auburn defense was looking for out of the junior because of injuries that kept him less than full speed for much of the season.

Still he decided to take the chance and turn pro because he thought he was ready for the next level. He said Sunday showed that he made the right move.

"Talking with the teams throughout the process and hearing what they thought about me and what they were grading me, I sort of knew that I could possibly end up in the last second or go third," Powers said. "A lot of analysts and critics didn't see that...I had a feeling this could happen and I could get picked kind of high. I knew it would be a shock to a lot of people."

Powers was injured as a true freshman and redshirted. He earned Freshman All-SEC honors in 2006 as he made 28 tackles and broke up four passes in a reserve role. He forced three fumbles and recovered one.

He started all 13 games in 2007 and made 63 tackles with four for lost yardage. He deflected eight passes and recovered a fumble.

Powers is the first Auburn player drafted by the Colts since 2000 when Indianapolis selected Marcus Washington in the second round.

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