Ty Powell was one of my favorite small-school prospects to watch on tape during the draft process. He reminds me a lot of Ryan Kerrigan in that he can play multiple roles in a defensive front and not see his game drop off at all.
While the Harding product will have to add weight to his 249-pound frame in order to really succeed with his hands down at the line, he has the athleticism to start out initially as a pass-rush specialist on blitzing downs.
This is how I think Seattle views him moving forward.
As you can tell by my tweet immediately after the selection, I was pretty pumped by this selection. Of course it took a fellow scribe to bring me back down to Earth and understand that he was a seventh-round pick.
It does, however, seem like many within the scouting community agree with my assessment that Seattle got a pretty darn good play in the seventh round.
Now it's all about where the Seahawks plan to play the athletic small-school product. Powell finished seventh among defensive ends at the combine with a 4.64 40-yard dash. He was fourth among that position with a stellar 6.98 three-cone drill and just aced the vertical jump, finishing second among defensive ends in that category (via NFL.com).
With all these generic numbers etched in stone, it seems that Powell's best fit, at least initially, would be on the outside at linebacker.
Bleacher Report's Scott Carasik filed the following report on Powell earlier this month:
Despite playing safety at lower levels, he was never talented as a coverage player and should not be used in man coverage. He's best in shorter zones where he can read the play and react to it after it happens. He flies to the ball and limits yards after the catch, but for the most part he needs work as a coverage player.
It goes without saying that Powell will have to improve in this aspect of the game if he expects to see the field on a regular basis outside of special teams.
Seattle does, however, seem to view Powell in the way that I have been mentioning in this article:
Josh Norris @JoshNorris
Like this Ty Powell pick. SLB with pass rushing ability. Seahawks are finishing strong.2013-4-27 22:33:34
As it relates to competition and fit in 2013, I honestly believe that Powell could be a surprise player in camp and make the roster.
He will have to adjust to playing against a high level of competition and has a lot to work on after being selected from such a small school.
That being said, the talent is obviously here.