March 20, 2018

SOTT Scouting: Nose Tackle, Jerrell Powe

The Houston Texans added their first player to show their hand on what they are looking for their new look defense in defensive tackle Jerrell Powe. We watched Powe in action from the 2012 and the 2013 season, and there is very little game time for the three-year veteran.

Powe is looking to get his career going once again especially with high expectations coming out of Ole Miss. Buried in the depth chart in Kansas City his time was even more limited in the 2013 season. In our film study of Powe over the last two seasons, it was a mixed bag on the 331 lbs. nose tackle. He showed flashes of what made him a nice prospect coming out of college, but then there is the realization that there is plenty to be worked in his overall game. He showed he can run stunts in the passing game, but his game needs to be evolved to make him an even more viable option at the nose tackle.


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Height: 6-2

Weight: 331 lbs.

College: Mississippi

Experience: 3rd year

Drafted: 2011 NFL Draft, Round 6, 199th overall

Key Stats: 12 total games, 8 total tackles, 1 pass deflection

Position: Powe has lined up at the nose tackle (head up and shades), and the 2 and 2i techniques (head up to the guard and inside eye of the guard).

Games Scouted: (2012) Atlanta, San Diego, Denver (2013) San Diego (*We concentrated on games with 15 or more snaps)


Has the ability to bull rush when needed and move the center with ease.

Showed he can press offensive lineman off of him to control the line of scrimmage.

Decent play recognition.

Can play low and create piles for linebacker to make plays, especially in short yardage situations.

Showed in his second year that when he has his weight and conditioning under control that he can be successful.

In one on one situations, he can hold at the point of attack.

Has shown he can run when he wants to from sideline to sideline.



Poor footwork leads to him falling on plays.

Plays too high at times and easily redirected by offensive lineman.

His conditioning is a concern and his play suffers in long stretches on the field.

Does not use his hands enough to keep offensive lineman off of him.

Struggles with double teams.

He plays hot and cold on the field.

The bull rush is his only effective pass move and it does not provide enough of a push to collapse the pocket.



Despite being a Crennel guy from Kansas City, if Powe can return his 2011 and 2012 self he has a chance to be the back up nose tackle. There is very little in Powe’s game right now, even looking at his play in 2013 that says day one starter for the defense. He has been nothing more than a back up nose tackle for the Chiefs and could not get on the field more in his three season. Week 17 of 2013 he played 40 snaps against the San Diego Chargers, when the Chiefs emptied their benches after clinching a playoff spot.

Powe averaged 12.5 snaps in his 11 appearances before getting a full game in week 17 of 2013.  At this point Powe is a back up nose tackle and if competition is added during the off-season for the position, he will be fighting to stay on this roster when the season kicks off.

Defensive line coach Bill Kollar is known for motivation and could be a big key in Powe’s development with the Texans. Also, Powe rejoining his former defensive coordinator could also prove big to get him back on track as a player.

Cut Ups




Powe shows his strength and controls the center to make the play.





Powe shows how athletic he can be and has the ability to chase plays. He doesn’t make the play, but he shows what he possess as a player. 



Here Powe loses leverage and lets the lineman get into him. Notice how high he is playing. Zero use of his hands and controlling the line of scrimmage, gets him moved easily. 




Short yardage Powe plays low and make the play bounce. His size can create issues.




This is one of the cases where he feet stop moving. He does this too often and he ends up on the ground.



Here is another example of poor footwork leads to Powe being pancaked and rolled into the linebackers.

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