Cornell Powell NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Kansas City Chiefs WR

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

American Team wide receiver Cornell Powell of Clemson (14) runs the ball during the second half of the NCAA college football Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)
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 6'0 1/4"

WEIGHT: 204 lbs



—Above-average size with a solid frame and good length.

—Good play speed helps him do everything full throttle. Good effort in blocking in the run game and plays with a competitive edge.

—Above-average route-runner. Shows body control and above-average foot quickness and footwork to maintain tight courses when he's breaking.

—Plays bigger than size, maximizes his length. Good on back-shoulder throws where he shows off his body control and hand-eye coordination. Shows toughness when working inside.

—Although not overly twitchy, has a skill set that can work from the slot.



—Just average twitch with the ball in his hands. Doesn't consistently make defenders miss.

—Limited deep speed. Not slow but not a true threat to threaten defenses.

—Will need to improve his route tree. Solid on the routes he was asked to run but will need to keep working on doing more.

—Rarely part of Clemson's WR rotation until his redshirt senior season but produced when given opportunity.



53 rec., 882 yards, 16.6 avg., 7 TD



Cornell Powell is a hard-working outside receiver who plays bigger than his listed size because of his toughness and good length. Powell did not get the opportunity to play much in his career because of a loaded receiver room, but he delivered when he was finally able to consistently see the field during his redshirt senior year.

Powell has a solid overall skill set with no glaring weaknesses, but he has no true strengths either. He is an above-average route-runner with above-average hands and catching range, but he ran a limited tree in college and was just OK in creating separation. Powell plays with an edge to his game and attacks the ball in the air with enough athleticism, good length and hand-eye coordination to be fluid on throws away from his body.

Overall, Powell shows the competitiveness, strength and athleticism to be a contributor on special teams and be a good No. 4-type receiver for an NFL team who is a backup for all spots and can play for extended spells if needed.


GRADE: 7.25/10 (Round 4)





Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice


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