D3 Widener's Jordan Powell getting NFL shot with Bears

Matt Leon
April 29, 2019 - 2:33 pm
Jordan Powell scored eight touchdowns during his Widener career.

Courtesy of Widener University Athletics


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After an outstanding career in the secondary for the Division III Widener University Pride, Jordan Powell is getting a shot at the NFL.

The defensive back will be joining the Chicago Bears as an undrafted rookie free agent. 

You don't see a ton of Division III prospects getting an opportunity like this, but Powell is no ordinary prospect. 

He is a two-time AFCA First Team All-American. He scored six defensive touchdowns with the Pride - all coming during a junior season in 2017 which saw him named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Those six scores set an NCAA Division III record. 

As a senior in 2018, he was First Team All-MAC after he scored one touchdown (on a reception off a fake field goal) and making plays all over the place on defense. He finished with 51 tackles, 10 passes defended, nine tackles for loss, nine pass breakups, two sacks and an interception.

Powell says Chicago took notice of him early on.

"The Bears were probably one of the first teams to come out to the practices senior year and started to get a good look at me," he said. "And then we kind of kept in contact throughout the whole draft process and stuff. So they were definitely on me pretty early, so I'm happy they came through at the end."

Powell checks in 6 feet, 1 inch, 204 pounds, and he also checks a lot of boxes.

"I think I'm very instinctive, I'm smart, I play ahead of the chains," he said. 

Powell says he works hard off the field to get ready for game day.

"I'm really big on film study and trying to dissect plays and think about what's going to happen before the play actually starts," he said. "So I feel like that's going to be able to translate well to the NFL because I know it's going to be a little bit bigger and faster game. So I feel like that will help slow everything down for me."

Powell will take part in rookie minicamp with the Bears beginning on May 3. 

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