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Purple Prospect Portfolio: Cornell Powell. – Baltimore Beatdown

Cornell Powell has had one of the most exciting college careers among prospects in this year's design class.

There were extreme discrepancies between the recruitment sites in its assessment. Powell was rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, and the # 81 received prospect in the 2016 class. 247 Sports gave Powell four stars and named him the number 156 in his class. Rivals touted him as number 36 in the class. He had offers from schools like Duke, East Carolina, and Wake Forest where he probably would have seen game time right away. Instead, he chose Clemson.

Powell didn't see much playtime as a freshman but wasn't redshirted. He finished with 12 receptions in nine games, including a five catch performance against Georgia Tech. Those five catches would be the highest he has had in any game in four years. In Powell's first four seasons, he garnered only 40 receptions for 329 yards and three touchdowns in 42 games. During this time, Powell fell behind Mike Williams, Hunter Renfrow, Deon Cain, Ray-Ray McCloud, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney cited inconsistency as the reason Powell couldn't find playing time. Swinney had the following to say before the 2020 season: "That has always been his problem. Day in, day out. Don't drop out of the competition. It really is. He has been outdone. He has always been talented, but when you play against that Best of the best, you have to bring it with you every day, "said Swinney." He had a few moments but just playing every day with high intensity and high engine and making every game a repeater, that's how you take it to the next step . Great some days, great others, and then he takes off some and sometimes he doesn't even know he's doing it. "

In 2018, Powell had five catches for 63 yards in the first four games, but an academic issue kept him out for a few weeks. Swinney and the coaching team eventually redshirted Powell. A transmission for the talented recipient would have made sense, but he chose the less traveled route. Speaking to the media at the start of his 2020 red shirt season, Powell was positive about his time at Clemson: "I have no two national championships to complain about," Powell said when asked about his first four years at Clemson. "I have many individual goals that I still want to achieve." When asked if he would consider transferring it, he immediately dismissed the thought, “Nothing easy is worth having. I feel like I wanted to earn everything I had. I could easily have moved elsewhere after high school and I just felt like Clemson was the best place for me to develop on and off the field. "

In the age of the “transfer portal,” Powell was fully dedicated to the Clemson program. Ahead of his fifth and final season, he stated that he had learned every receiving position: “When I came into this year, my goal was to get all three positions regardless of whether there was an injury or whether I was in the To start at this point, I just want to come out on the field and be able to contribute to my team. "

After a slow start, Powell's commitment paid off. In his fifth and final season, he had a historic rift, including consecutive 100-yard games, tying the Clemson record for such an accomplishment. The North Carolina native ended his college career in the Sugar Bowl against Ohio St., the first round of the college football playoffs, with a tremendous performance of 139 yards and two touchdowns. In the last eight games of his career, Powell made 45 passes (39 in the last six games) for 825 yards and seven touchdown receptions. Powell received a Senior Bowl invite and soared after a masterly two month career ending when he was off the radar prior to the 2020 season.

Powell put on a strong performance in the Senior Bowl, showing off his brave 10 inch hands, sudden running on the track, and ability to separate on all three levels of the field.

Games viewed: 2020 only – Norte Dame, Pittsburgh, Ohio St., Wake Forest, Boston College.

Powell plays almost exclusively on the border and flies off the border with a varied release package, creating seamless windows. He has a great ability to throttle and stop a dime against zone looks. Dude has 10-inch ball magnets attached to his arms. Sticky hands. Plucks the ball with ease in competitive catching situations and rarely drops the ball (two drops on 78 targets in 2020). He's physically on the stick, repulsive, and often leads to a late breakup.

The 23-year-old is not a real burner, but constantly threatens vertically with urgent acceleration from the line and can make subtle cuts at full speed. Lay out stacks and boxes vertically. Was a four star basketball player and knows how to punch deep balls while stacking. He has fantastic body control and is always ready to lay fully over the middle of the field or on the sidelines. Fearlessly across the middle of the field, he confidently leads excavations, crossers and slopes.

Powell is physical after being caught and often tries to find a seam and walk through it like a bowling ball. Broke tackle after tackle against Notre Dame. Has returned over the course of his career and is dangerous on screens, sifted through traffic and plowed through contact.

He has run a variety of routes to all levels of the field and is fluent on breaking routes as well as on the border. NFL enabled route runner who he continued to display on mobile. Put Shaun Wade in a blender against Ohio St. Using his hands in rhythm with his feet to beat jams and part against the press. Defenders who defeated him stayed in phase and split throughout the game.

If the throw is correct he will play with it and will catch it unless the defender forces incompleteness. Made it big in big moments, with Clutch appearances against Notre Dame, Ohio St. and Boston College. His performance in the Sugar Bowl was heroic and he went out of his way to keep Clemson in the game.

Cornell Powell did a SHOW against Pittsburgh this year.

He was unable to flee for cover from the defenders, instead flashing stacks, chase, hands, contested catching ability, timing and physicality.

Separates so well underneath, gets great body in the field. pic.twitter.com/jEh8p0iS1M

– Spencer N. Schultz (@ ravens4dummies) February 17, 2021

Still on the first trip. Cornell Powell stays away from the sideline and pushes the defender and pirouettes off with superb body control to play a beautiful sea ball. pic.twitter.com/cX0nBfV57a

– Spencer N. Schultz (@ ravens4dummies) February 17, 2021

3-13 Powell skips the stop and throttles to a cent. Makes someone miss after the catch.

How did this man not play until he was a senior ?! pic.twitter.com/BE6l9YTXr8

– Spencer N. Schultz (@ ravens4dummies) February 17, 2021

Powell with a nice PoCo. Flattens and separates SMOOTH. Finished with a violent stiff arm. What's not to love about Powell's performance this season? pic.twitter.com/cMw3TznHdJ

– Spencer N. Schultz (@ ravens4dummies) February 17, 2021

In the following game, Powell uses a rocker step against a single cover and separates cleanly. Clemson should have just fed him the whole game. pic.twitter.com/y1NVY16n31

– Spencer N. Schultz (@ ravens4dummies) February 17, 2021

Powell with a masterly clearance to work indoors turns Shaun Wade around. Works back to its blind spot, stops again on a DIME, then accelerates after the catch and finds paid dirt.

Its start stop and its acceleration are fun! pic.twitter.com/rSbp6hNVkO

– Spencer N. Schultz (@ ravens4dummies) February 17, 2021

I know Shaun Wade had a bad year, but Powell is absolutely wiping him out with his releases and stems. That should have been six! pic.twitter.com/WJNj3M42EU

– Spencer N. Schultz (@ ravens4dummies) February 17, 2021

Clemson WR Cornell Powell uses a "squirt" release (yes, seriously, that's what Dabo Swinney calls it) on this weird route. Short-distance speed and change of direction stand out #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/u7WstQFnDy

– Brad Kelly (@ BradKelly17) January 28, 2021

Outstanding game design by Clemson OC Tony Elliott

Great variation against robber covers …

Watch Cornell Powell at the top of the screen, look like a flat cross, then circle back around the umpire. Take a look at the safety to remove the breakers

Smart. pic.twitter.com/BB3F9xkMIy

– Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) January 14, 2021

Here are the fastest top speeds from day 2 of Reese's Senior Bowl training (7v7, Team and WR / DB 1v1) per partner at @SlantsAI.

Cornell Powell – 20.47 miles per hour
Dec Fitzpatrick – 19.92 mph
Demetric Felton – 19.61 mph
Thomas Graham Jr. – 19.49 mph
Khalil Herbert – 19.43 mph pic.twitter.com/shtylau1ba

– Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 30, 2021

Blocks his tail. Weighed in at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds and blocks like it in the Senior Bowl. Aggressive, but remains square. Vice-grip gloves that lock the defenders in and won't let go. Wants to get his way. His efforts are high even when he is not in the game. Participants from special teams. Ready to block, tackle and have some return skills. Can be used as a key blocker on screens.

Cornell Powell isn't on the player's side, he's ISO as a decoy in a running game. Still blocking his cock !!!

This is the third game in the game. Trying to get your way through the jump. pic.twitter.com/IJUI331lVq

– Spencer N. Schultz (@ ravens4dummies) February 17, 2021

Powell checks the boxes.

Multitude of publications? Check.

Consistent hands? Check.

Controversial fishing eligibility? Check.

Attacks on blind spots? Check.

Versatile distance runner? Check.

Physical distance runner? Check.

Dangerous after the catch? Check.

Does it work on all three levels? Check.

Victories against humans? Check.

Does zone understand? Check.

The only concerns are vertical speed against NFL corners and its late breakout. There are logical reasons why it took Powell so long to break out, such as the productive talent that lay before him. However, Dabo Swinney's comments on the consistency are a little worrying and keep me from giving him a grade for the first round. However, his will, dedication, and dedication to Clemson speaks volumes about his confidence in himself. When you look at his combination of physicality and separation ability, it's hard to believe he won't be playing games. He may never be the # 1 receiver in the NFL, but he should come in in 2021 and deliver quality snaps.

Commitment: "Powell is a polished receiver who can win in a variety of ways and is ready to hit an NFL field today."

class: 2nd round.

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