Cornell Powell’s journey as a Clemson WR
Cornell Powell is one of the more interesting 2021 NFL Draft prospects. He had a pretty slow start to his career. For the first few years, he didn’t get much playing time. Powell was down on the depth chart. From the moment Powell got to Clemson, he was under a receiver group that had Mike Williams, Deon Cain, Hunter-Renfrow, and Ray-Ray McCloud. All of these players are currently in the NFL. Since then, players like Tee Higgins, Justyn Ross, and Amari Rodgers have all come through Clemson.
At first, Powell didn’t seem to have a chance to get any playing time at all. I mean, as a true freshman, he only had 12 receptions for 87 yards. Then, as a sophomore, he only had 8 catches for 57 yards and one touchdown. His numbers were even lower in his junior season (5 receptions for 63 yards).
It was in his final year that he was blessed with an opportunity because Tee Higgins left for the 2020 NFL Draft. Plus, Justyn Ross was forced to miss the season because of a neck injury. In the last 8 games of the 2020 season, Powell had 45 catches for 825 yards and 7 touchdowns. He averaged over 100 yards per game in the final 8 games of his career when given the opportunity to start. He did, however, put up some kick return numbers out of limited opportunities with 8 returns for 197 yards.
2021 NFL Draft Prospects: Round 5 to 7 | Cornell Powell
Let’s be honest, this draft pick may or may not pay off. But I like the fact that Powell took the opportunity he was given because of the injury to Ross and made the most of it. Not to mention, Powell has a good size. He can be physical with his 6″0′ 205 pound frame (79″ wingspan). Powell should end up being drafted anywhere from round 5 to round 7, so it may be worth the gamble.
Powell ran a 4.5 40-yard dash. He is not the fastest receiver, but he is definitely not the slowest. The thing is, he will go up and catch the ball. He is not afraid to get hit. I think Powell has a chance to be one of the late-round steals among the 2021 NFL Draft prospects. If you take a look at his highlights, I think you may agree!
Now as far as 2021 NFL Draft prospects for WR go, Powell isn’t as highly rated as his fellow Clemson WR Amari Rodgers. But his physical traits plus ability to put the team first are solid traits to for a team to gamble on, on Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft.
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