April 22, 2009

Powers hitting the links on draft day

When the NFL Draft gets underway Saturday, Jerraud Powers won't be watching it from his sofa.

And if his mom is hosting a big draft day party at their Decatur, Ala., home, he won't be there either.

"I'm gonna be on a golf course waiting for my phone to ring," Powers said. "I don't think I could just sit here and watch it on T.V. pick by pick. All my hair would probably fall out and I'd bite all my fingernails off."

Since making the decision to leave Auburn following his junior season, Powers has been able to squeeze in a few rounds of golf between workouts, combines and visits with NFL franchises.

"I'm not gonna lie, I had a few shots that probably could have landed on the PGA Tour," he said. "But overall, it was awful.

"I've been going to the golfing range and practicing. I'll probably play again (this week). By this weekend, hopefully I'll be decent enough to start with six balls and finish with six."

While Powers won't be making a living walking 18 at Augusta, he certainly has an opportunity to make a nice chunk of change as an NFL cornerback.

But where he'll be earning that paycheck and how big it will be won't be decided until this weekend. Powers has seen and heard most of the projections.

"I've talked to a lot of people and some say they wouldn't be surprised if I slipped in late second," Powers said. "Some people say I'm a third-round lock. Some people say I'm a fourth-round lock.

"Basically, I'm a mid-round guy. Some people think I'm higher than that."

Most of the expert mock drafts have Powers going in the fifth or sixth round.

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