EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings have agreed to terms with wide receiver Brandon Powell, the team announced Wednesday.
Powell reunites in Minnesota with Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell, who overlapped with Powell for one season with the Rams.
Powell started his NFL career as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2018. After spending that rookie season with the Lions, Powell was with the Falcons from 2019-2020 and then the Rams in 2021 and 2022. He was mainly on Atlanta's practice squad in 2019 and did not appear in a game.
In four active seasons, Powell has totaled 47 catches for 354 yards and two touchdowns offensively. He's also contributed significantly in the return game. On 49 career punt returns, Powell has 470 total yards and one return touchdown (61 yards against Minnesota in 2021). He's also averaged 21.0 yards per kickoff return on 65 attempts.
View photos of Vikings WR Brandon Powell who the team agreed to terms with on March 22.
Here are five things to know about the Vikings new receiver:
1. Impressed in high school
A Florida native, Powell shined at Deerfield Beach High School, where he was ranked 267th overall in the ESPN 300 and was the 34th-ranked athlete in the 2014 recruiting class.
As a senior, he racked up 141 carries for 1,339 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also added 21 catches for 289 yards and two touchdowns.
Powell shares an alma mater with other notable athletes, including defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, running back Denard Robinson and receiver Jerry Jeudy.
2. Former Gator
Powell started his college career as a running back before switching to receiver as a sophomore with the Gators. He recorded 45 catches for 387 yards and two touchdowns during his junior season; as a senior, he had a team-high 42 receptions for 406 yards and three touchdowns.
Powell ended his career at Florida with 49 games played and 131 catches for 1,330 yards and nine receiving scores.
3. Giving back
Powell is involved with his local Boys & Girls Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is passionate about investing in youth.
It isn't uncommon to see "Be You" written over Powell's eye black, and he explained the reasoning last season:
"There's a lot of little kids from back home where I'm from that look up to people like me, that if they want to make it out of their situation," he said. "So it's a reminder to them and myself, 'Just be yourself. Go out there, have fun, be you, always don't forget just how you got here.' That's why I write it on my face."
4. Positive mindset
Though Powell says he didn't enjoy reading as a youngster, he's recently delved into a number of books, including "Attitude is Everything" by Jeff Keller.
"It taught me a lot, because for example, football, you come to practice happy and excited every day, you're gonna have a good day. You come here like, 'I don't want to be here,' you're going to have a bad day because you already got that mindset," Powell told therams.com. "So just trying to have a positive mindset, positive attitude about everything, and it's been working out good for me."
In January, Powell posted photos from a Fort Lauderdale fishing trip.
The receiver looked – rightly so – proud of his catch, a large mahi-mahi.