Originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round (92nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, Powers started all 42 regular season games he appeared in during four seasons with the Colts. Signed a three-year contract with the Cardinals on 3/13/13 as a free agent.
2012: Started all eight games he appeared in and totaled 45 tackles, a INT and eight passes defensed before a toe injury landed him on injured reserve … started the season opener @ Chi (9/9) and totaled six tackles, a tackle for loss and two passes defensed … registered nine tackles and two passes defensed vs. Min (9/16) … totaled four tackles, an INT and a pass defensed in the 30-27 win vs. GB (10/7); with Indy down 21-3, stepped in front of an Aaron Rodgers pass in the third quarter, which led to an Indy TD that cut the GB lead to 21-10; Colts would go on to score 19 unanswered points following Powers’ INT and take a 22-21 lead … registered five tackles and two passes defensed vs. Cle (10/21) … recorded a season-high 10 tackles in a win @ Ten (10/28) … posted three tackles vs. Mia (11/4) before suffering a toe injury that forced him from the game … inactive (toe) @ Jax (11/8) … placed on injured reserve (toe) on 11/12, forcing him to miss the final seven regular season games and the team’s Wild Card matchup.
2011: Started all 12 games he appeared in and recorded 51 tackles, two INTs and six passes defensed before an elbow injury landed him on injured reserve … returned one INT six yards for his first career TD … started at RCB in the season opener @ Hou (9/11) and totaled six tackles … posted six tackles and a pass defensed the following week vs. Cle (9/18) … registered six tackles and a pass defensed @ Cin (10/16) … recorded a season-high seven tackles @ NO (10/23) … finished with three tackles, an INT and a pass defensed vs. Atl (11/6); intercepted Falcons QB Matt Ryan in the second quarter and returned it six yards for a TD, the first of his career; the TD represented the Colts only points on the day … recorded five tackles, an INT and a pass defensed vs. Jax (1/13), giving him an INT in back-to-back games for the first time in his career; INT came off Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert on his first pass attempt of the game … recorded six tackles vs. Car (11/27) … placed on injured reserve (elbow) on 12/5.
2010: Started all 10 games he appeared in at RCB before being placed on injured reserve with an arm injury … totaled 53 tackles, nine passes defensed and two INTs, while also returning eight punts for 63 yards (7.9 avg.) … started the season opener and totaled seven tackles and a pass defensed @ Hou (9/12) … registered three tackles, two passes defensed and an INT in the Sunday Night matchup vs. NYG (9/19); INT came off Giants QB Eli Manning in the second quarter, leading to a Colts FG and a 17-0 lead … totaled four tackles and a career-high four passes defensed @ Den (9/26) … tied for the team lead and established a career-high with 11 tackles in a Sunday Night win @ Was (10/17), adding an INT and two passes defensed; INT came on Washington’s first offensive series and Indy took a 7-0 lead on the next play when Peyton Manning threw a 57-yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon … inactive (foot) vs. Hou (11/1) and @ Phi (11/7) … returned to the starting lineup vs. Cin (11/14) and finished second on the team with eight tackles … recorded six tackles @ NE (11/21) … placed on injured reserve (arm) on 12/7.
2009: Started all 12 regular season games he appeared in at RCB as a rookie, while also starting one of two postseason matchups … recorded a career-high 71 tackles and added an INT, a career-high 10 passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … in postseason play, added five tackles, an INT and a pass defensed … inactive for four regular season games and the AFC Championship Game due to injuries … started at CB in his NFL debut and recorded four tackles and two passes defensed vs. Jax (9/13) … inactive (groin) the following week @ Mia (9/21) … tied for the team lead with six tackles while also contributing one pass defensed vs. Sea (10/4) … posted four tackles, a pass defensed, his first career forced fumble and his first career fumble recovery vs. SF (11/1); forced a fumble by Niners WR Michael Crabtree in the fourth quarter that he also recovered … tallied a season-high 10 tackles and recorded his first career INT vs. Hou (11/8); intercepted QB Matt Schaub in the first quarter, which led to a Colts FG and a 10-0 lead on the ensuing possession … totaled nine tackles and a pass defensed @ Hou (11/29) … inactive (hamstring) for the final three regular season games: @ Jax (12/17), vs. NYJ (12/27) and @ Buf (1/3/10) … started at RCB in the Divisional Matchup vs. Bal (1/16/10) and had three tackles, an INT and a pass defensed; INT came on the Ravens final play of the game when he stepped in front of a Joe Flacco pass at the Indy 14-yard line … inactive (foot) for the AFC Championship Game vs. NYJ (1/24/10) … saw action as a reserve DB in Super Bowl XLIV vs. NO (2/7/10) and recorded two tackles.
A three-year letterman and two-year starter at Auburn, Powers started 23 of 36 career games for the Tigers and finished his collegiate career with 136 tackles, five tackles for loss, six INTs, 16 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one blocked punt … as a junior in ’08, started 10 games and totaled 47 tackles, two INTs and seven passes defensed … during his sophomore season, was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year after tallying 63 tackles, four tackles for loss, four INTs, five passes defensed and a fumble recovery … as a freshman in ‘06, was named to the SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman Team after appearing in 13 games and totaling 26 tackles, four passes defensed, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt … redshirted in 2005.
First name pronounced “juh-ROD” … attended Decatur (AL) High School where he was an all-region selection and was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State team … as a senior, totaled 46 tackles, four INTs and two forced fumbles … during his junior season, tallied 44 tackles and four INTs on defense and added 209 receiving yards and three TDs on offense … also a standout basketball player, averaging 15 points per game ... wife’s name is Leah … earned degree in Public Administration.