All About Bilal Powell

A closer look at the Jets fourth round pick, Bilal Powell

Background – Powell played his high school football in Florida at Lake Gibson. He was originally recruited to play defensive back for Louisville. Powell had a rough upbringing and was stabbed, allegedly in a gang fight during his sophomore year of high school.

College – Powell didn’t do much during first three seasons at Louisville. In his junior year, he only ran for 392 yards, while averaging 3.6 yards per carry. However, he exploded in his senior year, where he earned 1st team All-Big East honors. Last year for Louisville, Powell finished with 1,405 rushing yards, along with 11 touchdowns. He also tacked on 18 receptions and 3 receiving touchdowns.

Vitals – 5’11, 216 pounds, ran a 4.52 40 yard dash at the combine.

Position – He will join the Jets crowded halfback depth chart, along with Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Joe McKnight.

NFL Comparison – I read Rich Cimini compare him to Thomas Jones because of his one cut style. However, he looks a little more explosive and to have more big play potential than Jones in some of his highlights…then again everybody looks good in their highlights.


“It’s a great feeling right now, just to get the opportunity at a great organization and having the chance to play under Rex Ryan.”

Where He Fits – It will be very interesting to see. Everything we have heard since the Jets made the selection is that LaDainian Tomlinson will still be back, which means Powell will be battling Joe McKnight for reps behind Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson. He should also contribute on special teams.

Best Case Scenario – Powell finds a way to contribute on both offense and special teams. He provides good depth for the Jets and is able to step in to handle some carries if one of the lead backs are banged up, showing an ability to take on an even bigger role in 2012.

Worst Case Scenario – Powell imitates Joe McKnight’s rookie performance last year.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports