A tall, lean, muscular athlete, Ronald Powell played in 14 games on special teams as a rookie and contributed with six tackles. A fifth round draft choice out of the University of Florida in 2014, Powell will continue to familiarize himself with the nuances of New Orleans’ 3-4 alignment and compete for playing time both on defense and special teams.
NFL CAREER – A tall, lean, muscular athlete, Ronald Powell played in 14 games on special teams as a rookie and contributed with six tackles. A fifth round draft choice out of the University of Florida in 2014, Powell will continue to familiarize himself with the nuances of New Orleans’ 3-4 alignment and compete for playing time both on defense and special teams.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed to a four-year contract by the New Orleans Saints, 5/16/14; Selected by New Orleans in the fifth round (169th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
2014 – Played in 14 games as a rookie…Recorded six special teams tackles…Made his NFL debut in season opener at Atlanta, Sept. 7 and made one tackle…Posted season-high three stops vs. San Francisco, Nov. 9.
COLLEGE – Two-year starter at the University of Florida in 2011 and 2013…Played in 36 career games with 21 starts…Finished his career with 84 tackles (55 solo), 11 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defensed, leading Gators in quarterback takedowns in two of his final three campaigns…Played in 11 games with eight starts as a redshirt junior in 2013…Finished with 26 tackles (19 solo) and team-high four sacks…Had three tackles and a sack vs. the University of Miami (Fla.)…Missed entire 2012 season with a knee injury…Started 12 games as a sophomore in 2011, missing the Auburn contest with a left knee sprain…Recorded career-high 32 tackles (20 solo), a team-high and career-best six sacks and one forced fumble…Collected season-high five solo tackles that included causing a fumble on a sack and adding another stop behind line of scrimmage vs. Florida State…Appeared in all 13 games with one start as freshman…Finished with 26 tackles (16 solo), a sack and two passes defensed…In his first career college start, registered a career-high nine tackles (six solo) vs. Appalachian State…Sociology major.
PERSONAL – Attended Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.) HS…Regarded as a five-star prospect by Rivals.com during senior season as the nation’s top weak-side defensive end…Also received a five-star grade and was ranked the best overall DE in prep ranks by Scout.com…As senior, totaled over 80 tackles and 13 sacks…Named a USA Today, Parade and EA Sports high school All-American…Selected to play in 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and earned Most Valuable Player honors in addition to being a finalist for U.S. Army Player of the Year Award…Born Ronald Fredrick Powell on May 14, 1991.
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