Nov 17, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Ty Powell (57) against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 37 to 14. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

With Kiko Alonso Out for 2014, Ty Powell Could Shine Bright

Ty Powell is an unknown player for most Buffalo Bills fans, even the die hard ones. He was a seventh round pick for the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 out of Division II Harding College. The 26-year old Powell has excellent size to him as he is 6-foot-2 and weighs 249 pounds, so size is not a weakness in his game despite playing at a lower level college. At that size as well, he turned heads as he ran a 4.60 40 yard dash time so he also has extreme speed for someone as big as him.

Ty Powell came to Harding as a defensive back in 2011; however he made a smooth transition to linebacker in 2012 where he amassed 15 tackles for loss, eight and a half sacks, and even forced a fumble. While he didn’t put up the monster numbers fellow Division II star and short time former teammate on the Seahawks in Bobby Wagner amassed, but Powell’s talent was clearly there.

While it is horrible news for the Bills to hear that their gem of the 2013 NFL draft in Kiko Alonso will likely miss his entire sophomore season with a torn ACL, perhaps a golden door opens for another player such as Ty Powell. Injuries aren’t a good way to lose your job in the league; however sometimes it works out for the best such as Tom Brady for Drew Bledsoe for the New England Patriots or more recently Colin Kaepernick for Alex Smith for the San Francisco 49ers.

Ty Powell isn’t the best at wrapping up a tackler; however if you want a player to lay the lumber and now possibly working closer with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz he could complete this skill. All and all, Ty Powell isn’t a trouble maker nor has he had any severe injuries in his career. One of his greatest assets is that he’s simply a hardworking defender that could relish the opportunity that has been given to him.

What do you think Ty Powell’s chances of doing well this year for the Buffalo Bills at the weakside linebacker position? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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