Clemson WR Cornell Powell is a Kansas City Chief. pic.twitter.com/F9D4l3Dezj— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) May 1, 2021
6’ | 204 lbs | Clemson
Greenville, North Carolina
Grade (round): Fifth
Background: Fifth-year senior at Clemson who stuck around — despite playing minimally on offense. He finally making the most of his opportunity his final year with the Tigers.
Strengths: Powell is a strong, good-=sized receiver. He possesses outstanding football character and gives great effort. He does little things well — and is willing to do them. He’s a willing participant in the running game, which should translate to offense and the hidden third. Powell has some special-teams background — and in the future, should be a big factor for the Chiefs in that space. That should give him a chance to stick on the roster.
Weaknesses: Powell isn’t the best athlete for the position. He’s not the-most dynamic route runner and doesn’t consistently create separation. His lack of explosiveness shows up in his route running.
How he fits with the Chiefs: Dave Toub has to be thrilled with this pick — and Andy Reid is certainly intrigued. This a guy who will do the little things right for this football team — and that will ultimately decide his fate as a professional. He’s s a great fit — and a high-character player for the receiver room.
Chiefs Draft Picks
- Second round (58th): Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton
- Second round (63rd): Oklahoma offensive lineman Creed Humphrey
- Fourth round (144th): Florida State defensive end Joshua Kaindoh
- Fifth round (162nd): Duke tight end Noah Gray
- Fifth round (181st): Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell
- Sixth round (226th): Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith