The KC Chiefs spent the No. 181 pick on Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell, who the team hopes can pack a punch on offense.
What an exciting day for Cornell Powell! Not only did he accomplish his dream of getting drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft but he’ll get to catch passes from Patrick Mahomes and also learn from Andy Reid. The Kansas City Chiefs got a good one with Powell and it should be a lot of fun watching this guy eat in the offense.
Powell had a nice 2020 season for the Clemson Tigers, grabbing 53 catches for 882 yards and seven touchdowns. Is he going to be the No. 2 wide receiver right away? No, probably not, but putting him in an offense with Tyreek Hill, Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman, and Byron Pringle at the position gives Mahomes plenty of options. I didn’t even mention Travis Kelce or Clyde Edwards-Helaire in that group.
The KC Chiefs will definitely put Cornell Powell to work.
Here’s what The Draft Network had to say about Powell,
"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."
The Chiefs had a need for another wide receiver and while fans would have liked to have seen them draft one earlier, they’re still getting a quality weapon late in the fifth round. Powell is another target for Mahomes and he’s going to get his in this offense.
Kansas City has done a nice job addressing the needs in this draft, as wide receiver was a huge need for them. They landed Powell, who is used to winning and used to playing in prolific offenses. He’ll have gone from catching passes from Trevor Lawrence, the best quarterback in college football, to Patrick Mahomes, the best quarterback in pro football.
Cornell Powell has to be psyched about this news and the Kansas City Chiefs should also be psyched. They’re getting a new weapon for their offense and who doesn’t love that news?