Tyvis Powell is the 8th prospect in our 2016 “The Guys No One Is Talking About” Series. He started 33 games for the Buckeyes, amassing 195 tackles, 8 interceptions and 16 pass breakups.
Tyvis Powell has been in the shadow of media favorites such as Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott and Eli Apple , but what most fail to realize, is he was the one showing up in big games. In fact, he was the MVP of the 2014 National Championship Game vs #2 Oregon.
Cas started this series years ago while doing fan blogs at dallascowboys.com. Following a highly successful track record, it has become a cornerstone here at YDCFF and produced numerous NFL success stories. In this post I am profiling Tyvis Powell.
Will all of the players we profile in this series become Pro Bowl players or even solid starters in the NFL? Absolutely not. Some may become solid special teams guys, backups, or not make final cuts in training camp. Others may have to begin their careers in another league such as the CFL. One of our previous candidates who has become a star in the NFL, Andrew Sendejo, started his career in the UFL.
We are firm believers in the Landry three year rule. Some of the players from “The Guys No One Is Talking About” series will need some time to develop, so please reserve any negative opinions on these guys until they have had a chance to do so. However, for those of you who are familiar with the series, you know many have gone on to have solid careers in the NFL. This series is about getting these guys some recognition.
Tyvis Powell, FS
Height|Weight: 6-3 211
Arms: 32 3/4″
College: Ohio State
40 Time: 4.46 (Top Performer)
Vertical Jump: 34 1/2″
Broad Jump: 10′
Ohio State Overview: Tyvis Powell accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl despite junior eligibility because he had graduated – in 3.5 years with a degree in sport industry – by December 2015. Powell was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes with 33 starts and 42 games played. He led the team with three interceptions in 2015 and had eight career interceptions, including critical picks vs. Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and vs. Notre Dame in the Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl. Also picked off a two-point conversion attempt in the closing seconds of a win over Michigan in 2013. Finished his career with 195 tackles – the second-most among his Buckeye peers – and 16 passes defensed.
2015 Season (Junior): Honorable Mention All-Big Ten … Tyvis Powell started all 13 games at safety … led the team with three interceptions … part of a defensive secondary that ranked sixth in the FBS in pass efficiency defense and part of a defense that ranked second overall in fewest points allowed (15.1) … third on the team with 71 tackles, 41 of those solo … recorded a season-high eight tackles and a third-quarter INT in the win at Virginia Tech … also had 8 vs. Michigan State … 7 tackles in the win at Michigan … made his second INT of the year vs. Maryland, returning it 25 yards and had his third in the Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame … blocked a FG in the win over Western Michigan … six tackles vs. Hawai’i and Indiana and four vs. NIU … 5 tackles and 1 PBU in the win vs. Minnesota … earned his bachelor’s degree in sport industry in May, 2015.
2014 Season (Sophomore): Started all 15 games at one safety position … named defensive MVP of the national championship game against No. 2 Oregon with a game-high nine tackles and a pass break-up … intercepted a pass in the end zone to clinch Ohio State’s 42-35 victory over No. 1-ranked Alabama in the CFP semifinal game at the Sugar Bowl … ranked fourth on the team in total tackles with 76 and was third with four interceptions … ranked 10th in the Big Ten in interceptions … led all Buckeyes with career-high 13 tackles vs. Navy … had a huge interception late in the fourth quarter to keep Indiana from potentially tying the score … also had interceptions against Kent and Penn State. (Official Buckeyes team bio)
- Tyvis Powell has the ideal combination of athletic ability, height and length for the position… Excellent straight line speed and the burst to close (1.59 10 yard split)… Rangy with good instincts and plays sideline to sideline… Has shown the ability to play in a zone or man coverage… Soft hands… High-points the ball well and will fight for it… Excellent ball skills… Uses his long arms to disrupt passing lanes when the receiver has a step on him… Not afraid to come down and aid in run support… Decent hard hitting tackler… Knows how to get through traffic and uses his long arms to shed blocks… The Ohio defense requires athletic safeties who can man up on slot receivers and Powell was up to the task… Was effective when covering the big tightends… Set the tempo on the field… Team leader who kept the defense focused on the task at hand… High motor player with a solid understanding of the game, excellent work ethic and good character… His best attribute is always showing up at crucial moments in big games. Something Jalen Ramsey didn’t do…
- High in his pedal at times… Long strider who will struggle changing direction when facing quick shifty slot receivers such as Cole Beasley… Needs to square up and break down when tackling… Goes for the big hit and needs to break down and wrap up… Takes bad angles at times… Needs to improve his functional strength to take on the bigger/stronger backs and receivers at the next level… Gets beat over the top at times while watching the QB… Needs to improve his technique when in man: elusive receivers get him to turn his hips… Needs to learn how to utilize his natural burst better when coming out of breaks: doesn’t shift gears fast enough…
Overall Tyvis Powell is a solid free safety prospect who is an ideal candidate for a Tampa 2 defense. He is solid in single high coverage, but has the versatility to play in nickle and dime packages. The weaknesses I pointed out are exactly why he is playing safety and not cornerback. Not many want to admit it, or just don’t see it, but Jalen Ramsey needs to be playing safety for many of the same reasons. However, Powell has better ball skills and made big plays when it counted. He had more picks in 2015 than Ramsey did in his entire career, and unlike Ramsey, he doesn’t drop potential interceptions. Powell didn’t drop a single pass during his pro day workout and was impressive in the drills.
CBS has him listed as the 8th ranked FS prospect and projected in the 6th round. I put a late second to high third round grade on him and believe he has the tools to develop in to a solid FS at the next level. Someone will get a hard working, instinctive, and solid player on day two of the 2016 NFL draft. If by chance he lasts til day 3, someone is getting a Blue Light Special…