A three-year starter and anchor to an tough-nosed offensive line, Lucas Powell stands to possibly be the pro prospect emerging from Ohio University this spring.
Having worked entirely out of the Shotgun in Ohio's offense, Powell has been able to get some snaps under center in workouts and in events like the College Gridiron Classic and The Tropic Bowl. Powell has been able to prep a great deal since the season's end. He worked in Orlando with Tom Shaw for about three months in preparation for Pro Day.
Powell also had the opportunity to work with QB's at Gruden's QB Camp. He worked with Jordan Goff, Carson Wentz, Cardale Jones and more.
"It was a great experience. I learned a lot. Built a lot of relationships," Powell said. "Just learned a lot and what to expect...keep my head up through this whole experience, stay positive...just tried to take away as much as I can from those guys (professionals)."
Powell says he worked a lot on his speed and balance with Coach Shaw. "The next level of the game is so much faster, so that's really something I've been focusing on," Powell said.
You'll see him at Center, #54.
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NFL Draft Scout has Powell rated as its 22nd best center in the draft and its 621st-ranked prospect overall. Powell is 6'3" and right around 300 lbs. and started 30+ games in his career in Athens.
Powell has decent size for a center and with a breadth of experience, will likely make some team happy as a backup center. He'll probably find himself on a practice squad somewhere. But what does he bring?
"I think I bring my competitive attitude," Powell said. " I think that I can come in right away and compete...I think all I can really do it compete."
This past season Powell anchored a line that paved the way for 425.5 ypg of offense, 180.9 ypg of which came on the ground, and 22 ground touchdowns. This helped him garner a third-team All-MAC selection.
Powell is also confident on how Ohio has prepared him to be a pro. "I've had a great experience here at Ohio as a three-year starter down here and a team-captain my last year," Powell said. "I think just being in that leadership role and having to take charge really helped me and it's going to prepare me for what's to come."
His measurables don't jump off the page. A 5.46 40, 25 reps of 225 lbs. on the bench, and an 8.04 cone drill don't show much in terms of explosiveness. He is very much so a consistent worker who could potentially make a respectable pro for the right team. Powell is driven enough to work his way to that sort of success, and his attitude is inherently positive (this short Ohio Athletics video reflects well on him).