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Fourth-Round Selection: RB Bilal Powell

Posted by Randy Lange on April 30, 2011 – 1:32 pm

The Jets have had good fourth-round fortune during the past decade and they hope that magic continues with their fourth-round pick of the 2011 NFL Draft of Louisville running back Bilal Powell.

“It’s a great feeling right now,” Powell told Jets reporters a short while ago, “just to get the opportunity at a great organization and having the chance to play under Rex Ryan.”

Powell (5’11”, 207), who was one of the Jets’ prospect visitors earlier this month, had a breakout season in 2010 — in fact, one of the best seasons of rushing in Louisville history. He rushed for 1,405 yards, second-most in school history, on 229 carries, a 6.1 per-carry average, and 11 touchdowns. His 117.08 yards per game was 11th in the nation.

“We had a new coach come in. My role changed,” he explained. “

He reeled off nine games of 100 yards plus in his 12 games as a senior, including a pair of 200-yarders, against Memphis and Cincinnati. He also added 18 receptions for 158 yards (8.8 average). All of that added up to All-Big East first-team honors and some All-America recognition.

Powell said his strengths are “being able to catch the ball out of the backfield, being able to run the ball inside and outside, being able to contribute on special teams, too.”

Powell turned in a 4.52 in the 40 during campus agility tests and also had a 32-inch vertical leap and a 9’6″ long jump.

He starred on both sides of the line at Lake Gibson High in Lakeland, Fla., and was originally recruited to Louisville as a DB. But he played very little defense once he arrived on campus. His returning was limited to kickoffs his first two years.

In recent years the Jets with their fourth-round picks have taken WR Jerricho Cotchery (2004), S Kerry Rhodes (2005), WR/KR Brad Smith and RB/KR Leon Washington (2006) and CB-S Dwight Lowery (2008). The Jets are optimistic that last year’s pick of RB Joe McKnight will also pay fourth-round dividends.

The selection, the 29th of the round today and the 126th of the draft, was announced in Radio City Music Hall by Sergio Piccinich from Harrington Park, N.J., the winner of the Jets Draft Dream Sweepstakes. We’ll have more on Sergio’s experience on Monday.

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27 Responses to “Fourth-Round Selection: RB Bilal Powell”

  1. By oakifd175 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Even though Powell is a good runner, I believe the Jets missed out on other needs. a outside linebacker, an offensive tackle and even a safety with leonhart coming back from surgery. Not to mention we used a pick last year for Mcknight.

  2. By commentman on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    i was watching some youtube vids of him and he looks like a Leon Washington type of runner

  3. By GaryC on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    scouting reports say Powell is quiet and reserved, I like him already,another runner, will tutor under tomlinson and take over after he retires.jets probably went by their draft board ratings and it happened to be powell,he might turn out better than ellis.

  4. By TONY GARCIA on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    another running back,good pick next a linebacker.

  5. By IRA on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Gary, Thats right it would appear they are going by their board and taking the best available player. Powell does not have the homerun threat that Leon did but he does have that 4th rd magic that Randy mentioned.
    Here is a thought is it possible they move McKnight to CB? You heard it talked about a lot last year how they felt he could play CB.

  6. By RonP on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I dont get it we need this pick to be a defensive end to pass rush… also a safety would be nice,. this pick to me seems wasted… sixth or seventh pic we need a wideout…

  7. By dougmc on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Wilkerson and Ellis are great picks and were the guys we had mapped out as our first two picks. I’m sure there is great value in taking Powell with the fourth round choice but we need to look at Safety and Wide Receiver. This a real nice draft considering we pick so late each round. Saints, Browns, Giants, Bills seem to be having good drafts. Pats have not wow’d me with picks but future moves with QB pick and keep getting 1st and 2nd round picks down the line is unbelievable. Ravens picking well also.

  8. By Ronnie kreth on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    This dudes a beast! Hes going to be like tomlinson, hes gonna learn from him which is gonna be good, We need a linebackers, maybe a saftey, and a wr, edwards,holmes and brad smith being free agents we might lose those wr, our defence is beafed up enough, we need offensive help now!

  9. By joe on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    not really sure if we need another running back : LT, Green, Washington, Mcknight.. did i leave anybody out… but if we needed/ wanted a rb why not jordon todman from Ucon?

  10. By scjoe on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, as I mentioned in the last story, Powell also played CB through HS and into college. Do I see safety through all of that?

  11. By Scott T. on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Ira,

    I agree with your thoughts on McKnight. I think this is a sign that he may be moved to corner back. I remember reading several articles last season with Rex praising his ability at cornerback in practice.

  12. By matt on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    That’s an interesting thought, Ira.

  13. By Brian T on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Sergio Piccinich could play O line right now for the Jets as well as being a huge Jet fan and a great guy.
    Nice job Serge!

  14. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know, guys, you could find a CB a lot easier than moving two young RBs to that position. I think Powell has more to do with a backfield of Greene, McKnight, Conner, and Powell very soon, maybe as soon as the 6th or 7th game of next yr if LT runs out of gas like that again.

  15. By Row on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Obviously you guys know I love this pick considering my previous posts. I can’t believe we got Wilkerson and Ellis, luck I guess. There were no tackles available. This was the best pick of the day. Mcknight needs to return punts. Powell had two 200 yard games and 9 hundred yard ones. He will play immediately and we will all forget about Greene. I really want Atogwe, go get him Jets. GREAT DRAFT!

  16. By joe wille on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Charles cassel on NFL NETWORK said Powell was the best value pick of the day I agree!

  17. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    commentman, Powell doesn’t look too much like Leon in that clip to me, he looks much bigger, stronger, and more physical.

  18. By Jimmer on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I agree that this means McNight is now a cb.

  19. By Bruce Harper on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    There is no chance that they line up McKnight as a quarterback against Brady, Manning, Rivers and all of the other people who would make him look like an idiot.

  20. By ted on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    you never have enough good tough athletes.just remember free agency hasn’t taken place yet.The jets have a plan ………..let’s let it play out.

  21. By Bob on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Hopefully he can be as good as Danny Woodhead.

  22. By jay boss on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    aww man i looked up some video on this guy and he looks amazing he’s like a stronger leon washington i think they hit the lottery with this becasue we really needed a RB with greene and hes fumbling problems and LT is getting old with the terminator in front of him our run game would be insanely good

  23. By steven on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    A linebacker to rush the passer would’ve been nice. A safety also. Hope scotty is fast

  24. By fred on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    With the current labor mess I think it would be extremely hard to switch a player to another position , what it means i think is that the jets do not believe Greene can carry the load when LT is done & i love Greene but with his running style 30 carries a game may not be a great idea – so let Powell learn a yr. under LT & Ground & Pound with a three headed attack

  25. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Good point, ted, arte suggested to me today that the lack of DB picks might mean Mr. T’s gonna go after Asomugha, which wouldn’t surprise me a bit. What’s interesting about some of these picks is that they enable us to possibly lose older guys who might eat of up a lot of money. Powell for LT, Kerley and McKnight for Holmes and Edwards, Wilkerson and Ellis for just about all our DL guys…and McElroy for Sanchez, in the near future?

  26. By 38 year fan on May 1, 2011 | Reply

    I like our picks , But we need to pick up a young linebacker ….I do like how we are rebuilding the front line “D ” though .

  27. By Adam on May 19, 2011 | Reply

    We lost Washington a long time ago. He played all last season with the Seahawks… what are you talking about? lol

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