2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Cornell Powell

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Buried on the depth chart, Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell did not catch more than 15 passes in any season from 2016-2019 but exploded onto the scene in 2020 when he hauled in 53 receptions for 882 yards and seven touchdowns. He truly shined when DJ Uiagalelei started in place of Trevor Lawrence and he averaged more than 120 receiving yards per game over the final six games of the season. His chemistry with Uiagalelei carried over to when Lawrence returned to the lineup and he had one of his personal best games of the season against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff. In a limited sample size, Powell had many exciting flashes when it came to route-running, hands, ball skills, and the ability to win after the catch. The concern with Powell really stems from a limited sample size and why it took him five years at Clemson to make any sort of impact. Powell is an intriguing developmental option that is an ascending talent based on how he produced in 2020. 

Ideal Role: Developmental wide receiver.

Scheme Fit: Any.

Written by Joe Marino 

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Joe Marino

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Director of Administration & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. Member of the FWAA.

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