Undrafted Ohio State DB Tyvis Powell is already impressing in the NFL
He may have been undrafted, but Tyvis Powell is earning positive reviews from the Seattle Seahawks.
Powell applied a big hit on special teams and almost saved a punt from going into the end zone during Saturday’s preseason game against the Chiefs.
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But Powell also stood out on defense when he intercepted a Kevin Hogan pass. He later celebrated the interception on Twitter.
— Tyvis Powell (@1Tyvis) August 15, 2016
“I was really fired up for him,” Cohen quoted Carroll. “He’s looked really good at practice, and he made a big statement. I don’t remember a first-year guy having a first game that was that obvious like that, so it’s very impressive.”
Cohen reported Powell getting practice time at both safety and cornerback at Monday’s practice.
It may seem like a lot of praise early, especially for an undrafted player, but Ohio State fans probably aren’t too surprised about Powell’s big plays — he had a habit of coming up clutch with the bright lights shining.
As a freshman in 2013, he picked of a Devin Gardner two-point conversion attempt in a 42-41 win against rival Michigan.
As a sophomore, he picked off a Hail Mary pass in the end zone against Alabama to secure Ohio State’s spot in the first College Football Playoff National Championship Game. He then won defensive MVP honors in the national title win against Oregon by posting a game-best nine tackles.
In 2015, Powell made another interception in an important game, this time against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
Since going undrafted, Powell has clearly used that as motivation. GoPro even documented the disappointment.
It looks like Powell is well on his way to making NFL teams regret about not drafting him.