Name: Jaylen Kelly-Powell
Weight: 184 lbs.
High school: Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
Position: Defensive back
Jersey number: #16
Last year: I ranked Kelly-Powell #47 and said he would be a backup nickel corner (LINK). He made 5 tackles.
TTB Rating: 77
So far in his career, Kelly-Powell is a man without a position. He has played cornerback, safety, and nickel during his first two years on campus, and reports haven’t been particularly glowing at any one spot. His 2018 season was disrupted by injury, and he was available for just seven games, during which he made 5 total tackles on special teams and as a backup safety.
This season Kelly-Powell is healthy once again, but the defensive back room is filling up with talent and time is running a little short for Kelly-Powell. Buzz this off-season has been about other guys, especially at safety. The one saving grace may be that Michigan’s depth at cornerback is not in a great place. Since Kelly-Powell has repped at corner in the past, he may be a “break glass in case of emergency” guy there, although he’s more likely to play the nickel corner position. This is a make-or-break year for Kelly-Powell, who might have just this one season to prove himself before the talented 2019 safety class gets acclimated to the college game.
Prediction: Backup defensive back
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