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Seahawks select LB Ty Powell with No. 231 overall pick

Post by Eric Williams on April 27, 2013 at 3:44 pm with 14 Comments »
April 27, 2013 3:50 pm
Harding defensive lineman Ty Powell runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Harding defensive lineman Ty Powell runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Outside linebacker Ty Powell of Division II Harding University in Arkansas becomes the first linebacker selected by the Seattle Seahawks in this year’s draft.

Powell was a D-II, second-team All-American in 2012, leading Harding with 12.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and blocking a school-record four kicks.

Powell posted impressive numbers at the NFL scouting combine, running a 4.64-second 40-yard time, pushing out 28 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press and posting a vertical jump of 37 inches.

At 6-2 and 249 pounds, Powell projects as a Leo defensive end in Seattle’s scheme. Powell became the first Harding player drafted since Bruce Baldwin was selected by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 1983 draft.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I’m not going to pretends to know much about this kid, but I believe calling him a LB now is a projection as I believe he played DE at Harding. That said, I’m sure they see him as a Will ‘backer rather than a Konz type project at RDE or Leo. I could be 100% wrong as time will tell.

  2. I don’t know, but two rb’s, and only one project lb, no safety, no qb, how many linemen? I trust Pete and Schnieder, but damn, it’s like that went out of their way to be different, hope it doesn’t come back to haunt them if our o-line or lb’s have any injuries. I don’t know, I guess I questioned them last year as well. This looks to be 10 times crazier though.

  3. I happen to like Malcolm Smith and never saw Will as as big of a need as most do – and Mr. Happy and the Duke Boy must agree too.

  4. iamdanthaman says:

    The moves, or lack thereof, at linebacker this offseason lead me to believe that Avril will be playing more linebacker than most may believe. I think that He will play KJ’s spot and KJ will move to the other side. Malcom will back up KJ and This guy will back up Avril.

  5. We are suddenly taking on a very 3-4ish look with the kinds of LB’s we’re rolling out there if K.J. truly is moving to WLB and Avril to sam. 6’2 and 250 is definitely not your typical 4-3 weakside LB. 4-3 weakside backers are typically smaller, based more on speed and agility. Powell looks like a masher to me. He looks more LEO than a chase LB, but I guess if Quinn is transitioning this defense to bigger LB’s then yeah, this guy might line up at either spot.

  6. Can we get a amen!!!

  7. grizindabox24 says:

    Duke, Ty played Rover for a season at Harding and then moved to DE.

  8. Must have went through some hellatious growth spurts. He played CB and QB in H.S. So this kid is basically Konz all over again – Jack of All/Master of None. We’ll see if he kind find a niche for himself, unlike the other guy.

  9. Carroll & Schneider haven’t missed much, so even though I spent most of the weekend scratching my head, especially in light of the amazing draft the 49ers had, I Know enough to wait and see. These guys have earned it.

    So, bring on the practices and workouts!

  10. True, stantak, we need to wait and see. Funny thing about the 49ers having what is called an “amazing draft” is that its just the opinion of the TV talking heads. Familiar names and guys Mel Kiper likes do not equal a good draft.

    What makes a good draft is drafting the guys who will become the best pros, not the guys who were the best college players. Case in point: Tim Tebow.

    We don’t know yet whether the 49ers or Seahawks had good drafts or bad. But here’s an interesting example of how little the news media scouts actually know:

    Our FINAL PICK in the 7th round was Michael Bowie of OK State. Mel Kiper doesn’t know who this guy is. The NFL.COM site has nothing on Bowie. Rob Rang didn’t have him ranked.

    In 2011, Michael Bowie started at LT for Oklahoma State against some of the best defenses in the nation. Oklahoma State went 12-1, with Bowie starting 11 games. Bowie NEVER allowed Brandon Weedin to be sacked. Not once. How many LTs can say that? Bowie lasted until pick 242.

    Grading the draft has nothing to do with whose names we knew before the draft. I’ll trust John Schneider’s grades on these guys, not Kiper and Mayock’s.

  11. While Stevos I agree with you – the reason I like our draft is we “seemingly” got guys who fit our needs. I felt that SF got a number of guys who fit them as well. Thats how I try and look at the draft.

  12. xcman, yes, sure I agree with that. I too like how we appeared to fill needs at 1DT, 3DT, TE, backup RB, and backup CB.

    But for all we know, the gem of our draft will be some guy like Bowie. ;-)

    I actually liked a lot of the guys drafted by the Rams and Cardinals too. But its all smoke once the games start. We’ll see who can actually field a team that performs.

  13. iamdanthaman says:

    Pete stated early on when he took over the team that he wanted to install a defense that was a hybrid of the 3-4 and 4-3 that would be harder for teams to prepare for. If you look at how the team is built, that is exactly what he has done.

    They can line up with a traditional 4-3 look with a DL of Avril, Hill, Mebane, and Bennet, and LBs Wright, Wagner, and Smith.

    Or, they can go to a traditional 3-4 look with a DL of Williams, Mebane and Bryant, with LBs Avril, Wright, Wagner, and Irvin.

    Or they can go pretty much anywhere in between. How can an offense possibly come up with a game plan when they don’t even know what base defense we will be running week to week?

  14. “But its all smoke once the games start. We’ll see who can actually field a team that performs.”

    Oh so true!!!! I really want to see who is going to step up.

    Last year we heard right away how Wilson just kind of took over in rookie camp – I am interested to see who it will be this year. Do the rookies get to talk to any of the vets before or during camp? Any team meetings together.
    Would give guys a chance to truly understand Pete mantra before they play

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