D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Falcons have claimed defensive tackle Carlton Powell off waivers. Powell was waived by the New York Jets on Thursday. Powell has bounced around the league the past few seasons after being a 5th round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2008 out of Virginia Tech.
The Falcons may be addressing their depth at defensive tackle. An ankle injury kept Vance Walker out of the team’s preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins. Also during the game, Trey Lewis left with an arm injury.
Powell tore his Achilles heel just prior to his initial training camp with Denver and was cut the following summer after sitting out his rookie season. He spent part of the 2009 season on the practice squads of the Broncos and Cleveland Browns before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 2010’s training camp. He was ultimately cut by the Bucs before landing with the Jets after the season.
Here is a scouting report on Powell that appeared in this site’s 2008 draft guide:
Pros: Has good size, strength, and quickness. Does a good job penetrating and shooting gaps in order to make plays in the backfield. Shows a nice initial burst and has a decent spin move to shed blockers. Has a nice motor.
Cons: Doesn’t wow you with his size, strength, or quickness. Only an adequate run stopper that shows little interest in it. Doesn’t maintain gap discipline, and can be taken out of a play.
Overview: He’s a one-dimensional player that right now only seems interested in getting penetration.
NFL Forecast: Has the potential to get better as a run stopper, but he’s going to need a coach to get after him to do that. If that happens, then I like his chances. Otherwise, I see him developing into a journeyman after a few years, who teams pick up because he’s a veteran guy with experience, but not because they really want him on their team. Would fit in nicely for a team like the Colts who have a roster full of guys that only care about pass rushing. I think he’ll make a good backup and doesn’t really have the upside to be anything more than a marginal starter as a 3-technique tackle.
Value: A fifth round pick that improves depth mostly.