By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
Ole Miss defensive tackle Jerrell Powe remembers what it was like when a former teammate got the NFL call, and he’s been thinking of what he’ll say on his own phone.
“I’ve been thinking about when that phone’s going to ring, and how it’s going to be when they ask me, ‘Are you ready?’” he said.
Powe has said he’s hopeful of going as high as today’s second round, but most draft analysts project him for the third or fourth rounds.
The phones won’t be ringing for many Ole Miss players after Powe. Some on the defensive side – strong safety Johnny Brown, linemen Lawon Scott and Ted Laurent – have received free agent interest.
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has been mentioned as a Canadian Football League team and has worked out for at least one CFL club.
Some analysts have given Powe high marks for his perseverance through the adversity to led up to his certification by the NCAA.
Through his career at Ole Miss, Powe was known as an effective run-stopper who frequently drew double-teams from opposing offensive linemen, but he was often out of the game in obvious passing situations.
He started all 12 games in his final season and finished with 27 tackles, 81⁄2 tackles for loss and 21⁄2 sacks.
Powe says he has vividly recalls when former teammate Peria Jerry got the call from Atlanta.
Jerry was taken in the first round by the Falcons with the 24th pick in 2009, one pick after Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher.
“I had a chance to watch Peria go through the draft process, and I remember when they Falcons called his phone. They asked him, ‘Are you ready?’ and he said, ‘I am ready. I was born ready.’ That plays back in my mind. I’m looking forward to it, and I hope the call comes as early as possible,” Powe said.
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