Bilal Powell - Louisville (HT: 5-10⅜ - WT: 204) Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 13 of 30
Positives: Excellent blend of size, speed, and overall athletic ability... Good strength, can push defenders backwards... Home run hitter, breaks long runs with his combination of speed and open field moves... Tremendous short area burst makes him difficult to contain... Has great balance, very difficult to knock down, bounces off tacklers... Runs hard, a very aggressive runner... Came out of nowhere to win the starting job as a senior and set the Louisville single season rushing record with 1405 yards on only 229 carries, a startling 6.1 yards per carry... High ceiling due to his outstanding physical gifts.
Negatives: Cuts are a little too upright and slow at the line of scrimmage... Not very creative in the lane... Has an upright running style, absorbs a lot of big hits and leaves the football exposed far too often... Lacks vision, consistently outruns his blockers and misses cutback lanes... Dealt with a lingering knee injury in 2010... Only has one year of solid production, will have to prove that this year wasn't an aberration... Likely to settle in as a change of pace back at the next level with his upright running style, won't be able to carry the load... Just an average receiver out of the backfield... Is left handed and heavily favors carrying the ball in his left arm, likes to run to the left side of the field and doesn't always change hands when he goes to the right side of the field, leaving the ball exposed for defenders.
(January 28) --
The week of Senior Bowl practices are over, but more coverage is on the way.
We have posted notes and observations from both the North and South Thursday practices as well as transcripts from the Thursday press conferences.
Also posted is a Week in Review from the week's practices. Refer to the tabs above for full coverage. We'll have all the action coming to you from Saturday's game as well.