Former Ole Miss defensive tackle Jerrell Powe was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round (199th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon. Powe is the third Rebel chosen by the Chiefs in the last two seasons. The Chiefs selected former Rebels Dexter McCluster (second round) and Kendrick Lewis (fifth round) in 2010.
"They have nothing but positive things to say about Kansas City," Powe said of his conversations with McCluster and Lewis. "I've taken every chance to talk to them about it, had a chance to talk to them after I came back from my visit and I told them I loved it and they only speak highly about the football tradition there, how everybody's a family so I'm very excited to be a part of the family."
Powe, who opted to forgo his final year of eligibility to turn pro, was hoping to hear his name called in the second or third round, but slipped to the sixth. He totaled 27 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks last season.
"This is what I longed for from a little kid, this is what I always wanted," Powe said in a previous interview with the Ole Miss Spirit. "I'm happy. I'm seizing the moment, taking full advantage of it. I'm glad that I have the opportunity to play my life-long dream."
He was an All-SEC second team selection by the Associated Press in 2009, and a preseason All-American honoree as a senior.
Powe fought a three-year eligibility battle with the NCAA before he was finally granted the opportunity to play for Ole Miss in 2008. He originally signed with the Rebels in the recruiting class of 2005.
"I'm very excited," Powe said. "Wherever God puts me, I had a chance to have my name called. I'm excited. It's not how you get there. I'm just very excited, I know where my game's at and I'm just glad to be a part of the Chiefs family."
"That's the best young team I've ever seen," Powe continued. "(They) take the field and play well, got a lot of young guys, lot of guys from the SEC, so that's one of the reasons why I watched them. They have a pretty good team right there, I think we have the chance to do some things really special."