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Chaz Powell Scouting Report

Chaz Powell, CB, Penn State
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 203


  • Great athlete and great speed
  • Great kick returner
  • Very good size
  • Lots of untapped potential
  • Lots of special teams experience playing gunner on punts and covering kicks
  • High football IQ, good instincts
  • Great hands and leaping ability with a nose for the ball
  • Great closing speed
  • Willing and able tackler


  • Limited experience at corner, only played 18 games at the position
  • No experience in man coverage
  • Really raw
  • Technique is lacking and will need to be coached up
  • May lack a true position

NFL Comparison: Corey Graham

Chaz Powell is somewhat of an unknown quantity among the common fan but he’s a player that scouts are well aware of and is highly regarded. Powell was a productive player whenever he was on the field for Penn State. Powell came in as a safety recruit and redshirted in 2007 learning the position. Penn State was very deep at safety though so he played wide receiver and returned kicks as a freshman and sophomore. Powell was slated to finally move back over to the defensive side of the ball as a junior but a few injuries and graduations at wide receiver saw him stay on offense for the first half of the season. Following the injured players’ return to health, Powell finally moved to cornerback for good mid-way through his junior season and started the final five games. He then went on to start all 13 games as a senior. Powell has shown to be a playmaker when he gets the ball in his hands, sporting a very solid kick return average and returning a pair for touchdowns in his career. Powell also has tons of experience on special teams coverage units as he was the gunner on punts for pretty much his entire career and played on the kick coverage unit. As a defender, Powell is very raw. Penn State really only played zone concepts in the secondary so he only has experience in zone and some off man. Powell’s overall technique improved every game over his 18 game starting career but it still has plenty of room for improvement. Powell is a smooth athlete that has fluid hips and can run with anyone but his footwork needs cleaning up for him to be more effective in transition. Powell rarely gets beat deep between the off coverage and his great speed. He’s a physical player that’s not afraid to mix it up in the run game but he’s got no experience in bump and run and will need further development to make the transition to that type of scheme. That being said, Powell’s skillset projects well to any scheme and even projects well to multiple positions as an NFL team could move him back to WR with his great ball skills, keep him at corner, or even move him to free safety where he was originally recruited to play. Powell is already a great special teamer and he’s the kind of high upside player that teams love to target late in drafts that can come in and be a special teams stud from day one and has the upside to develop into a starter a few years down the road.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles INTs Passes Defensed Receptions Yards Touchdown Kick Returns KR Average TD
2011 13 41 2 2 27 27.15 1
2010 13 11 0 5 3 11 0 20 23.95 1
2009 12 28 366 3 16 23.19 0
2008 13 2 37 0 9 28.78 0

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