CLEMSON — Cornell Powell heard his name called in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Saturday. The wide receiver had to wait until selection No. 181, but the situation could not be any better.
After playing with one of the best quarterbacks in college football last season, Powell will now play with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
The rookie wide receiver is headed to the AFC West to play with the Kansas City Chiefs under long-time NFL head coach Andy Reid. Of course, Patrick Mahomes is the face of that franchise after throwing for 114 touchdowns the last three seasons while bringing home an MVP and Lombardi Trophy to Arrowhead Stadium.
Powell is going from one great situation to another but refuses to compare two greats at the sport’s most important position.
“What I’ve learned is you can’t compare greatness,” Powell told the media on Saturday. “Trevor’s [Lawrence] great, Patrick’s great, and I’m just blessed to go from one great quarterback to the next. As soon as I get to Kansas City — get to work with Patrick — and just try to get on the same page with him and try to make something happen for the team. The ultimate goal is just to win Super Bowls.”
Winning championships was something that Powell grew accustomed to at Clemson. During his five years on campus, the Tigers won five ACC titles and two national championships. The wideout learned what a winning attitude is all about and will attempt to bring that championship mindset to Kansas City.
“I take pride in competing,” said Powell. “I take pride in doing the little things right. Just dominating every rep whether it’s a pass or run. Making a way for my teammates, supporting my brothers, you know the ultimate goal in this team sport is to win championships. Being at Clemson, I learned how to do that. I’m just ready to transition that mindset, that focus, that drive, that energy to Kansas City and giving them all I got.”
Powell is entering a pretty stable situation. The Chiefs feel comfortable with their starting wide receivers. Tyreek Hill is a superstar, while Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson have playmaking juice that can assist their superstar quarterback. However, teams are always looking for the next stars. Powell proved to be a vertical weapon in Clemson’s offense and could provide that in Kansas City.
“It’s like a perfect fit for me,” said Powell.