Ryan Powdrell originally signed with Fresno St but was unable to gain admittance. At Saddleback College, he was a JuCo All American as a linebacker, and did spot duty as a fullback on offense. He moved on to USC as a linebacker, but moved to fullback this season as a senior. In his first start, he ran three times for nine yards, and broke out with 72 yards and a touchdown on four grabs. Unfortunately, his game and season ended prematurely when he broke his leg.
Powdrell has all the tools to make it as a fullback at the next level. He is a load, and has a squatty build. He plays with power, and is tough to handle as a blocker, or a runner in short yardage situations. Powdrell combines that bulkiness and strength with very good athleticism. He has the quickness and speed to make plays as a runner or receiver out of the backfield.
Experience is the biggest issue with Powdrell. He was a linebacker up until this year, and just needs more reps to fine tune his overall game. As of right now, he’s more of a playmaker than a devastating lead blocker, but he is continuing to improve as a blocker.
Powdrell has shown glimpses of being a standout blocker and threat with the ball in his hands as a fullback. He’s going to have to put in more work on his blocking skills, but his all around potential as a fullback, and the experience on defense that should make him a solid special teamer, should give him very good value for a team looking for a fullback. The leg injury did not give him the ability to further develop his offensive skills, so he may be looking at the free agent route, but he is a player that could definitely develop at the next level.