Welcome to Seattle Ty Powell….Defensive End Harding

Seahawks 7th round selection (231)

The Seattle Seahawks have had a ton of picks over the last two days.  This is the final selection of the team that isn’t compensatory.

So far they have drafted, Running back Christine Michael, defensive tackle Jordan Hill, wide receiver Chris Harper, defensive tackle Jesse Williams, cornerback Tharold Simon, tight end Luke Wilson, running back Spencer Ware and guard Ryan Seymour.

With the 231st pick the Seahawks have selected:

Name: Ty Powell
Position: Defensive end
College: Harding
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 249 lbs.
40 yard dash: 4.64

With the 231st pick in the draft the Seahawks select Ty Powell

Despite being listed as a defensive end, Ty Powell is being drafted as an outside linebacker, and by outside linebacker I mean weak-side linebacker, in my opinion.  In High School he won a state championship as a starting cornerback, so we know he has some coverage skills.

Ty Powell

Ty Powell is being drafted as an outside linebacker

He was also the teams starting quarterback. He reportedly played DE, linebacker and safety in College.

I know that was a long time ago, and at a much lower level.  When you watch Ty move, he clearly has the athleticism to play weak-side linebacker.  He also has the ability to get after the quarterback.

Obviously this young man did not go against the best competition in college while playing for Harding, but he was invited to the Senior Bowl.  Tonight I am going to watch the game again and pay especially close attention to all those drafted by the Seahawks to give a little more insight in my Seahawks draft review on Sunday or Monday.

I’m honestly not sure how high the Seahawks are on this young man, but perhaps he was a player that they had in mind earlier in the day when they selected other positions.

Overall I like the pick, he has a high ceiling and the Seahawks spent very little to acquire him.  Would I have rather had Khaseem Greene?


Never-the-less, this is a good pick at this point in the draft.

The experts at ESPN said, “Powell is the first player from the Arkansas school to be drafted in 30 years. Bruce Baldwin was the last player to be selected out of Harding, by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 1983 draft.

Powell recorded 40 tackles, with 15 for loss, and 8.5 sacks during his senior season. Seattle could look to him as a depth option as a situation pass rusher behind Chris Clemons, Bruce Irvin and Cliff Avril.”

Powell Video

Go Seahawks!


  • Round 2/62 – Christine Michael, RB, 5-10, 220, Texas A&M
  • Round 3/87Jordan Hill, DT, 6-1, 303, Penn State
  • Round 4/123Chris Harper, WR, 6-1, 200, Kansas State
  • Round 5/137Jesse Williams, DT, 6-3, 325, Alabama
  • Round 5/138—Tharold Simon, CB, 6-2, 202, LSU
  • Round 5/158Luke Willson, TE, 6-5, 251, Rice
  • Round 6/194Spencer Ware, 5-10, 229, LSU
  • Round 7/220Ryan Seymour, -10, 229, LSU
  • Round 7/231—Ty Powell, 6-3, 249, Harding University
  • Round 7/241Jared Smith, 6-3, 302, New Hampshire
  • Round 7/242—Michael Bowie, 6-5, 332, Northeastern State


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