Tyvis Powell
Powell with the San Francisco 49ers in 2018
No. 45     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-02-16) February 16, 1994 (age 26)
Place of birth: Bedford, Ohio
Career information
College: Ohio State
Undrafted in 2016
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Seattle Seahawks ( 2016)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Fiesta Bowl Champion (2016)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     14
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     1
Pass deflections     0
Interceptions     0

Tyvis Chansey Powell (born February 16, 1994) is an American football safety for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State.

Early yearsEdit

Powell attended Bedford High School in Bedford, Ohio. He was rated by as a three-star recruit and was scouted by several large NCAA Division I universities including, but not limited to: Michigan State, Minnesota, West Virginia and Ohio State. Immediately following the resignation of then-Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, Powell committed to Ohio State on June 1, 2011.[1][2]

College careerEdit

Following his verbal commitment to Ohio State in June 2011, Powell accepted an athletic scholarship to play for coach Urban Meyer's Buckeyes in the fall of 2012.

2012 seasonEdit

Powell was redshirted in 2012 and did not play during the season. This would save his eligibility to begin play the following year.

2013 seasonEdit

Powell began his collegiate career as a backup Safety to Corey Brown. Powell would appear in all 14 games with five starts as a redshirt freshman in 2013, including a starting appearance at Safety in the Orange Bowl.[3] He would conclude the season with 48 tackles and one interception.[4]

2014 seasonEdit

As a sophomore in 2014, he started all 15 games, recording 76 tackles and four interceptions. He was named the Defensive MVP of the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship victory over Oregon Ducks after he had a game-high nine tackles.[4][5][6]

2015 seasonEdit

As a junior in 2015, Powell started all 13 games and had 71 tackles and three interceptions.[4]After the season, he entered the 2016 NFL Draft.[7][8]

College statisticsEdit

Year Team GP Tackles For Loss Passes Def Int FF
2013 Ohio State 13 48 1.0 2 1 0
2014 Ohio State 15 76 2.0 4 4 1
2015 Ohio State 13 71 0.5 3 3 0
College Totals 195 3.5 9 8 1

Reference: Tyvis Powell's profile at

Professional careerEdit

Powell was rated the 6th best Safety in the 2016 NFL Draft by[9]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 211 lb 4.46 s 1.59 s 2.62 s 4.25 s 7.03 s 34½ in 10 ft 0 in 15 reps

Seattle SeahawksEdit

Powell signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent following the 2016 NFL Draft.[10][11] He was released by the Seahawks on January 4, 2017.[12]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On February 6, 2017, Powell was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns.[13] He was waived by the Browns on June 9, 2017.[14][15]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On June 12, 2017, Powell was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts.[16] He was waived/injured on September 2, 2017 and was placed on injured reserve.[17] He was released on September 12, 2017.

Seattle Seahawks (second stint)Edit

On September 19, 2017, Powell was signed to the Seahawks' practice squad.[18] He was released on September 26, 2017 but re-signed a few days later.[19] He was released on October 24, 2017.[20]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On November 1, 2017, Powell was signed to the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad.[21] He was promoted to the active roster on December 16, 2017.[22]

On September 1, 2018, Powell was waived by the 49ers and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[23][24] He was promoted to the active roster on September 22, 2018.[25] He was waived on October 6, 2018 and was re-signed to the practice squad.[26][27] He was promoted to the active roster on October 20, 2018.[28] On November 1, 2018, he started at Free Safety in the 49ers' Week 9 game against the Oakland Raiders. Powell recorded three tackles in San Francisco's 34-3 win. He was waived on November 12, 2018.[29]

New York JetsEdit

On December 4, 2018, Powell was signed to the New York Jets practice squad, but was released a week later.[30][31]

San Francisco 49ers (second stint)Edit

On December 18, 2018, Powell signed with the San Francisco 49ers.[32]

Houston TexansEdit

On July 27, 2019, Powell signed with the Houston Texans.[33] He was waived on August 3, 2019.[34]

Dallas CowboysEdit

On August 5, 2019, Powell was signed by the Dallas Cowboys.[35]


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  2. "Ohio State Buckeyes: Bedford cornerback/safety Tyvis Powell orally commits to Buckeyes two days after Jim Tressel's resignation".
  3. "Clemson vs Ohio State - Box Score". 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Tyvis Powell - OSU Bio". Ohio State University Athletics. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  5. Tim May. "Ohio State notebook: Title, defensive MVP honor difficult for Tyvis Powell to believe". Buckeye Xtra Sports.
  6. "Ohio State football: Tyvis Powell, from "kind of a clown" to Buckeyes captain".
  7. "Ohio State football: Safety Tyvis Powell announces plans to enter NFL Draft".
  8. Bill Rabinowitz. "Ohio State football – Tyvis Powell departing for NFL draft". Buckeye Xtra Sports.
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named draft
  10. Seger, Eric (April 30, 2016). "Ohio State safety Tyvus Powell signs as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks". Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  11. Boyle, John (May 6, 2016). "Seahawks Sign 13 Undrafted Free Agents and 9 of 10 Draft Picks". Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  12. Boyle, John (January 4, 2017). "Seahawks Sign Return Specialist Devin Hester, Waive Safety Tyvis Powell".
  13. "Browns claim DB Tyvis Powell". February 6, 2017.
  14. "Browns waive DB Tyvis Powell". June 9, 2017.
  15. "Browns move won't deter from Tyvis Powell from throwing first pitch at Indians game". ESPN. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  16. "Colts Add Former Seattle Seahawks Safety Tyvis Powell". June 12, 2017.
  17. Walker, Andrew (September 2, 2017). "Colts Announce Final 2017 Roster Cuts".
  18. Drovetto, Tony (September 19, 2017). "Seahawks Sign DT Garrison Smith, Waive DE David Bass; Make Practice Squad Roster Moves". Archived from the original on December 25, 2017.
  19. "Seahawks cut Tyvis Powell, Gabe Jackson; sign Branden Jackson". September 26, 2017.
  20. "Seahawks release Tyvis Powell again from practice squad". October 24, 2017.
  21. "49ers Announce Several Roster Moves". November 1, 2017.
  22. "49ers Promote DB Powell to Active Roster, Place OL Brown on Injured Reserve". December 16, 2017.
  23. "49ers Cut 21 Players, Get Roster Down to 53". September 1, 2018.
  24. "49ers Sign 9 Players to the Practice Squad". September 2, 2018.
  25. "49ers Promote DB Tyvis Powell, Release LB Terence Garvin". September 22, 2018.
  26. "49ers Activate WR Victor Bolden Jr., Promote DL Ryan Delaire". October 6, 2018.
  27. "49ers Announce Several Practice Squad Roster Moves". October 9, 2018.
  28. "49ers Promote DB Tyvis Powell, Waive QB Tom Savage". October 20, 2018.
  29. "49ers Promote RB Matt Dayes to Active Roster and Waive DB Tyvis Powell". November 12, 2018.
  30. Greenberg, Ethan (December 4, 2018). "Jets Add DB Tyvis Powell to Practice Squad".
  31. Lange, Randy (December 11, 2018). "RB Joel Bouagnon & LB Jonathan Celestin Signed to Practice Squad".
  32. "49ers Place Ahkello Witherspoon on IR, Sign Tyvis Powell". December 18, 2018.
  33. "Texans sign ILB B.J. Bello and S Tyvis Powell". July 27, 2019.
  34. Wilson, Aaron (August 3, 2019). "Texans re-sign A.J. Hendy, cut Tyvis Powell".
  35. Williams, Charean (August 5, 2019). "Cowboys signing Tyvis Powell". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.

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