Jerrell Powe
Powe in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 95     Kansas City Chiefs
Nose Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-03-15) March 15, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth: Buckatunna, Mississippi
High School: Waynesboro (MS) Wayne County
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 335 lb (152 kg)
Career information
College: Mississippi
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 199
Debuted in 2011 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× Second Team All-SEC (2009, 2010)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     6
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     0
Stats at

Jerrell Quartez Powe (born March 15, 1987) is an American football nose tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He played in college for Ole Miss.

High school careerEdit

Powe attended Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, Mississippi, where he had 71 tackles and 14 sacks as a junior. As a senior, he was credited with 89 tackles, including nine QB sacks, while forcing five fumbles. Powe subsequently earned All-American honors by Parade and USA Today.

Considered a five-star recruit by, Powe was listed as the No. 3 defensive tackle prospect in the nation, behind DeMarcus Granger and Callahan Bright.[1] He chose Ole Miss over Auburn, LSU, and Texas A&M.

College careerEdit

Entering Ole Miss with a lot of hype, Powe was deemed a "potential freshman star" by some in the media.[2] However, he had not completed the necessary 14 core courses in high school, and therefore was denied freshman eligibility. He spent a year at a prep school in Virginia, Hargrave Military Academy—where he was classmates with Vidal Hazelton, Keiland Williams, and fellow Ole Miss recruit John Jerry—, taking correspondence courses, but was again denied eligibility. The NCAA said at the time that Powe could either return to high school or go to a junior college.[3][4]

Powe returned to Waynesboro to retake courses, attended Penn Foster Career School, a prep school in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and took correspondence courses in 2006. He returned to Ole Miss for the 2007 season, as the NCAA allowed him to practice for 14 days while it sorted out his status in August 2007, then again denied his quest to play for the Rebels.[5] Powe attended Ole Miss in 2007–08 on financial aid but could not practice or participate.

Finally returning to the football field in 2008,[6] Powe saw action in 12 games, missing only Arkansas, and earned his first letter. He totaled eight tackles with 3.5 tackles-for-a-loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks, while also recording an interception.

In 2009, Powe became a full-time starter for the Rebels and, according to Sports Illustrated′s Tony Pauline, had NFL scouts "excited about his upside potential".[7] He registered 34 tackles, including 12 TFLs, and 3 quarterback sacks. In his senior season, his numbers slightly dropped to 27 tackles (8.5 TFLs) and 2.5 sacks. He was awarded all-Conference Second Team honors after each year.

Professional careerEdit

2011 NFL DraftEdit

Coming into his final season Powe was rated as the top nose tackle prospect and drew comparisons to B. J. Raji,[8] but he had a somewhat disappointing season and watched his stock slip. Graded as a second to third round talent,[9] Powe fell in the 2011 NFL Draft due to his relatively high age—&000000000000002400000024 years, &000000000000004600000046 days on draft day. Powe was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 6th round.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1⅝ in 335 lb33¼ in9⅝ in 5.25 s 1.80 s 3.00 s 5.06 s 8.17 s 25 in 7 ft 9 in 27 reps

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

In his rookie season, Powe was third on the depth chart at nose tackle, behind veteran Kelly Gregg and journeyman Amon Gordon. He made his NFL debut for the Chiefs in a loss against New England on November 21, 2011—his only game in 2011. In 2012, Powe competed with Anthony Toribio and rookie Dontari Poe to succeed the retiring Gregg at nose tackle, eventually losing out to Poe.


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