Scouting Report: Brandon Powell, WR, Florida

Number: #4 | Hometown: Deerfield Park, FL | Height: 5081 | Weight: 184 | Forty: 4.40E | Hand: 0868 | Arm: 2878 | Wingspan: 7100 | All-Star: NFLPA Bowl | Combine: No | Class: 2018 | Twitter: @_Powellbp4

SCOUTING REPORT

He flashed some fancy footwork, along with the ability to create separation and get open with his short area quickness at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January of 2018. He was too much to handle for many cornerbacks attempting to cover him and he was burning the defensive backs to a crisp with an impressive curl route pattern even though they knew it was coming. He would be an effective weapon on bubbles and end-arounds at the next level with his cut back ability., a role he was used in during his time at Gainesville, in addition to lining up at Wildcat. Originally recruited as a running back, he moved to wide receiver as a freshman and enrolled early but needed foot surgery prior to the season. He went through the surgery and missed just one game in 2014. He would never miss another game due to injury the rest of his career, despite another foot surgery and the need to have a special cleat to protect the surgically repaired foot. He really came on strong towards the end of the season, finishing his Gators career with 25 catches and 278 receiving yards in the final four games after having just 128 total receiving yards in the first seven games of the season. He doesn’t talk, according to coach Randy Shannon, he leads by example. Described by various teammates as a warrior, a baller and a grinder. There is great versatility and upside to like here, as he also returns kicks and has experience at running back, in addition to taking pride in his blocking. His draft projection is late day three/priority free agent.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Career: Ended his career with 49 games played, 131 receptions for 1,330 yards and nine receiving touchdowns… Totaled 41 carries for 122 yards and two rushing touchdowns… Notched 49 returns during his career (33 kickoff, 16 punt)… His 131 career receptions are the most by a UF player since Percy Harvin snared 133 passes from 2006-08, and are the 11th-most in Florida history… Completed his career riding a streak of 25 consecutive games with a reception.

2017 (Sr.): Played in all 11 games… Totaled a team-best 42 catches for 406 yards and three touchdowns on the season… Recorded a career-high tying nine receptions and career-best two receiving touchdowns against Florida State in his final game as a Gator… Recorded his second-career rushing touchdown at Kentucky on a six-yard sweep.

2016 (Jr.): Recorded 11 starts and played in all 13 games throughout the season… Finished second on team with 45 receptions and 387 receiving yards… Tied for second on the team with two touchdown catches (UMass, Kentucky)… Tallied seven rushes for 18 yards… Returned five punts and two kickoffs throughout the season… Notched a career-high nine catches and 59 receiving yards against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.

2015 (So.): Appeared in all 14 games, starting 10… Returned 24 of 33 kickoffs for UF as season ago with an average of 21.2 yards per return… Notched a 71-yard kickoff return on the opening kickoff against Vanderbilt last season, which was the longest by a Gator to open a game since Andre Debose’s 99-yard kickoff return against South Carolina on Nov. 13, 2010… Caught 29 passes for 390 yards in 2015 for an average of 27.9 yards per game… Recorded three touchdowns with his longest coming on a 77-yard reception against Ole Miss…

2014 (Fr.): Played in 11 games as a true freshman, starting twice… Saw time at both running back and receiver… Totaled 16 carries for 70 yards with one touchdown on the ground and had 15 receptions for 147 yards with one receiving touchdown… Opened his career with a 12-yard rushing touchdown in the season opener against Eastern Michigan… Set career highs with six catches for 66 yards against LSU…Had a career-long 42-yard catch at FSU… Scored his first career-receiving touchdown against ECU in the Birmingham Bowl… Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

High School: Enrolled in January of 2014… Named First Team Class 8A All-State as a senior… The Broward County 8A-7A-6A Player of the Year in 2013… Rushed for 1,339 yards on 141 carries as a senior with 20 touchdowns… Also had 21 catches for 289 yards and two scores and 452 return yards and a touchdown on special teams… Also had three interceptions playing defense… Rushed for 133 yards and two scores on 17 carries to lead Deerfield Beach to its first win in six years over St. Thomas Aquinas… Totaled 1,180 rushing yards with 13 touchdowns as a junior… Coached by Allen Jackson at Deerfield Beach.

Career Highs:
Rushes: 7 (Missouri, 2014)
Rush Yards: 37 (Missouri, 2014)
Long Rush: 13 (Missouri, 2014)
Rushing TDs: 1 (2x, last vs UK, 2017)
Receptions: 9 (2x, last vs FSU, 2017)
Receiving Yards: 77 (Ole Miss, 2015)
Receiving TD: 2 (Florida State, 2017)
Long Catch: 77 (Ole Miss, 2015)
Kick Returns: 4 (UT, 2015)
Kick Return Yards: 76 (UT, 2015)
Punt Returns: 5 (North Texas, 2016)
Punt Return Yards: 23 (North Texas, 2016)

CAREER STATS

Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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