NFL Draft 2011: Chiefs Have Visited With DT Jerrell Powe

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Jerrell Powe of Mississippi runs through a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

One of the positions many fans would point to as a need for the Kansas City Chiefs is nose tackle. In the first round, we've talked about players like Baylor's Phil Taylor and Illinois' Corey Liuget. The Chiefs have worked out both of those players so we know they're on the radar.

Another name to add to the list is Ole Miss DT Jerrell Powe. Sayre Bedinger of NFL Mocks (and SB Nation's Mile High Report) conducted an interview with Powe and he revealed the Chiefs were among his pre-draft visits.

There aren't often many nose tackles available in the draft so you have to think Powe is in the mix for the Chiefs at some point in the 2011 NFL draft.

Here's a little summary on Powe from NFL Draft Scout:

A preseason All-America honoree as a senior, Powe was among the candidates for the Rotary Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Trophy and was chosen as a Team Captain by his teammates. Despite often facing double teams, Powe amassed 27 total tackles, 8.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks in 2010, including 1.5 sacks at No. 8 Alabama.    

It would be nice if Chiefs GM Scott Pioli could get the low down on Powe from former Ole Miss teammates WR Dexter McCluster and S Kendrick Lewis but with the lockout that's not possible. Perhaps Pioli grilled them on Powe before the lockout hit.

The 6'2", 335-pound defensive tackle is expected to be a mid-round pick but, with potential 3-4 nose tackles hard to come by, I could see his stock rising. 

Expect an update soon on our Chiefs draft interests table.

(H/T Larryemcdaniel)

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