2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville

by Cory J. Bonini on April 22, 2011 @ 14:53:21 PDT


Louisville senior running back Bilal Powell's impressive 2010 campaign vaulted him into the midround conversation of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Last year, Powell rushed for a school-record 1,405 yards and scored 11 rushing touchdowns. He added 18 catches for 158 yards and three aerial scores. Prior to the '10 season, Powell's season-best performance was 392 rushing yards in 2009. 


  • Well-proportioned frame at 5-foot-10 1/2, 207 pounds
  • Powerful, tough runner - breaks a lot of arm tackles
  • Short-area burst and quickness
  • Bilal Powell, draft prospect
    One-hit wonder?
    Good character
  • Keeps his legs moving after contact
  • Impressive balance and body control - has an effective spin move in his arsenal
  • Acceptable hands
  • Reads his blocks well - ideal style for a zone-blocking scheme


  • Average speed (4.51-second 40-yard dash) - struggles to turn the corner
  • Leaves the ball exposed too often
  • Recovering from a hamstring strain; was bothered by a minor knee injury in 2010
  • Lack of experience - one-year wonder?
  • Takes a lot of big hits - not elusive enough to evade and runs too upright at times

Expected draft placement

Powell profiles as an average fill-in or change-of-pace back in the NFL. He doesn't stand out in any one area and could struggle to post a healthy yards-per-carry average.

He should come off the board in the fourth or fifth rounds. The Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys have shown interest in him.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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