Ben Powers

IOL, Oklahoma

  • Conf Big 12
  • Jersey #72
  • Class Senior
  • HT 6'4"
  • DOB --
  • WT 314 lbs




    Pass Protection - Some hip stiffness may be exposed against better athletes, but power rushes didn't challenge him in college. Gets his hands inside and sits down well against bull rushers. Often uncovered off the snap and not challenged 1v1 right away. Simple plan of attack by most Big 12 rushers won't be the case in the NFL. How he handles counters is a big question mark.

    POA Run Blocking - As a zone blocker, can struggle to overtake his opponent completely and capture the playside shoulder. Not truly explosive out of his stance like teammate Dru Samia, nor does he cover as much ground in zone schemes. Still, savvy with his hand placement and does a great job creating torque to twist defenders out of his gap to pave rush lanes. There are some physical matchups that will test his lack of elite length and power.

    Functional Strength - Not overly powerful and dominant, but does look to finish and has some grappling strength to him. Most matchups in the Big 12 he could win physically, but I didn't see a level of power that I believe will be transcendent in the NFL. Makes the most of his tools though.

    Pass Pro Footwork - Base can be a little wide at times, but re-sets nicely when faced with power. Enough agility to contend with rushers working to his edge in college, but rarely faced a matchup against an opponent who brought a real pass rush plan to the table. Excellent job keeping proper distance and positioning from his right tackle which enabled him to pick up twists flawlessly.

    Strike Timing/Placement - Definite area of strength for Powers. Hands are placed well in pass protection and doesn't get pushed around much. Bull rushes didn't get far with him because he doesn't allow opponents into his pads. In the run game, consistently gains chest control with good grip strength to win 1v1. Even on the move, typically finds leverage points and can get enough of a defender to open up a crease.

    Leverage - Consistently low off the ball and did a good job of creating some movement as a result. Attacked leverage points and did a good job sealing off rush lanes by being the low man and turning defensive lineman in or out. Not physically dominant player, but maximizes his tools with technique and low pads.

    Space Blocking - Not an elite athlete, but more than capable of finding and hitting targets on the move. Frequently used as a puller and almost always arrived at his target under control and with good technique. Struggled to get to more athletic second level defenders at times, tightness in hips challenged his angles in space. Hustled his tail off and was effective on screen plays and QB draws.

    Competitive Toughness - Extremely physical and finishes whenever possible. Nobody will question the toughness of any of the Oklahoma offensive linemen. Not a pancake guy, but plays every rep to the echo of the whistle and consistently brings the right demeanor.

    Mental Processing - Does a great job reacting to the force defender's movements on the fly as a puller, logging when he steps down and kicking when he stays out. Good processor to deny twists and consistently pick up late pressure. Keeps his eyes active looking for work.

    Athleticism/Size - Good, not great athlete. Might appear worse watching him with guys as athletic as Samia and Cody Ford on the same line. Listed at 314 pounds, but appears smaller on tape. Length could be an issue.

    BEST TRAIT - Hand Usage/Strikes

    WORST TRAIT - Athleticism/Size

    RED FLAGS - None

    Powers is the definition of a good college football player who may not have any great traits to hang his hat on as he translates to the NFL. Against the Big 12 level of competition he more than held his own, showing off the ability to pull and hit targets in space at a pretty high level. But the more superior the athlete or the more dominant the physical traits he faced, the more he struggled. It's clear Powers has some limitations that I'm not sure his technique can make up for, but I do think he's savvy enough to project as a starter down the road, even if he isn't ever a top player at his position. Look for him to come off the board in the mid-rounds, provided he doesn't get worked too badly by Quinnen Williams and an impressive crop of Senior Bowl interior defensive linemen.