From the Plains to the pros: Jerraud Powers

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJune 28, 2014 

Former Auburn corner Jerraud Powers (25) played for Arizona last season after spending the first four years of his career in Indianapolis. He has appeared in 58 games the past five seasons, starting all of them.

PHELAN M. EBENHACK — Associated Press

Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. With that in mind, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Jerraud Powers, Arizona Cardinals

Position: Cornerback

Drafted: Taken in the third round (No. 92 overall) by the Indianapolis Colts in 2009

Career stats (through five seasons): Appeared in 58 regular season games (all starts); 275 tackles; seven interceptions (one returned for touchdown); 51 passes defensed; two forced fumbles; two fumble recoveries

2014 outlook: The first stat listed above should tell the entire story -- in the 58 games Powers has seen action in during the last five years, all of them came with him in the starting lineup. That being said, 2013 marked one notable difference for the Auburn alum. In the first four years of his career, all with Indianapolis, he never appeared in more than 12 games. Last year, he started all 16 regular season games for the Cardinals, setting single-season bests in total tackles (65) and and pass breakups (14), the latter of which was a team-high. But he also led Arizona in an unwanted category: missed tackle. According to Pro Football Focus, Powers whiffed on nine takedowns last year. In addition, with the offseason signing of Antonio Cromartie, his starting streak might be in jeopardy. Powers shouldn't lack for snaps in the short-term, though, as he's expected to replace Tyrann Mathieu as the Cardinals' primary nickel back while the former LSU star recovers from surgery on his ACL and LCL.

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