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NFL Draft results: Chiefs pick Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell at No. 181

With their fifth pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Kansas City takes a high-character wideout.

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The Kansas City Chiefs selected Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell at pick No. 181 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.


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