Jerraud Powers: Indianapolis Colts Blossoming Cornerback

Jerraud Powers was born July 19, 1987 in Decatur, Alabama. He’s entering his second season as a cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts in the National Football League.

Powers attended Decatur High School, where he started all four years. As a senior, he made 46 tackles with four interceptions, and was named a Montgomery Advertiser All-State selection. He also showed off his athleticism by averaging 15 points a game on the basketball team as a senior.

He attended nearby Auburn University and made an immediate impact in the Tigers secondary. He made the Freshman All-SEC Team after recording 26 tackles with four defended passes. He moved into the starting lineup his sophomore year, and received the Zeke Smith Award — given to Auburn’s Defensive Player of the Year — after finishing fourth on the team with  63 tackles, and leading the squad with four interceptions. In the 2007 Iron Bowl game against Clemson, Powers garnered national attention after he was bitten by a police dog in the end zone.

Jerraud Powers gets bitten by a police dog while at Auburn.

With expectations high entering his junior season, Powers injured his hamstring early, and failed to reproduce his ’07 totals. Despite being projected as a late round pick, he declared for the NFL Draft anyway, and his confidence paid off when Bill Polian selected him with the Colts third round pick in the 2009 draft.

With Marlin Jackson still recovering from a knee injury, Powers was thrust into the starting lineup from Day One, and he exceeded even the loftiest of expectations by finishing the season with 71 tackles, one interception, nine passes defended, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Towards the end of the season, Bill Polian said “there’s no rookie corner who has played better,” and that Powers deserved consideration for Rookie of the Year. His teammates refer to him as “Old Man” because of the maturity he possesses despite his young age.

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