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Who is Brandon Powell?

With the NFL trade deadline becoming more and more like the NBA deadline, Golden Tate was traded from Detroit to Philadelphia. Now, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay will absorb most of the targets, but in Jim-Bob Cooter’s offense, there’s always space for a 3rd piece. I think the likes of Theo Riddick may benefit from more work in the slot, and I’m not a huge fan of TJ Jones. The emerging piece that I’m hearing murmurs of, is Brandon Powell.

Brandon Powell is UDFA, 22-year old WR out of Florida, who signed with Detroit immediately following the conclusion of the 2018 draft. Powell measures in at 5’8” 190 pounds and plays primarily out of the slot. Powell doesn’t have high end speed or athleticism. In fact, he only thrives in one area….his agility scores. Powell was a 4-star recruit out of high school and began his career with the Gators as a Running Back before switching to WR during his Sophomore season.

Powell never set the world alight in Florida and was further down the depth chart than the likes of Antonio Callaway (before he was suspended). A breakdown of Powell’s college stats can be seen below:

Overall, Powell reminds me of a Ty Montgomery type player whose versatility can have him lined up all over the field. During the preseason, Powell led the Lions in receiving; catching 16 balls for 103 yards. He received meaningful stats in the 3rd and 4th preseason games too.

This has led the Detroit Free Press to name Powell, “Tate’s heir apparent”. They even go on to note that Tate had specifically taken Powell under his wing, with Tate adding, “ I’m going to teach Powell everything I know that I can possibly teach him to succeed in this league because I think he’s a great talent. He excites me when I watch. He actually reminds me of a young me, but even better.”

I love myself a deep stash, and yet I hadn’t heard of Powell myself prior to Tate’s trade. I scoured through my leagues and sure enough, he was available in all of them. In deeper PPR leagues, I believe he’s a must add because of the volume of the Detroit offense. Admittedly, they appear to be attempting to run the ball more and more with Kerryon, but I’ll take a young slot receiver who could see meaningful snaps as an end of bench type guy.

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