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Best landing spots for lone Clemson product on NFL Draft board
Cornell Powell is the only Clemson draft-eligible player still on the board entering the final day of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Expected by many to be a fourth-round pick, Powell’s available entering Day Three. After only tallying 40 receptions in his first four years on campus, the athletic wideout had a breakout senior year, earning a spot on the All-ACC third-team. The 6-foot, 210-pound receiver goes after contested balls and make catches in traffic, too.
The Baltimore Ravens hold two picks in the fourth round. The Ravens will probably be looking to grab a few weapons later in the draft, and Powell fits the mold. Plus, his old college teammate Amari Rodgers has connections to Baltimore, as his dad, Tee Martin, is on the Ravens’ staff.
Another possible fit for Powell is with the Las Vegas Raiders. Head coach Jon Gruden really likes his Clemson players; he’s recently selected Clelin Ferrell, Trayvon Mullen, Hunter Renfrow and John Simpson. More importantly, Powell fits the big catch-type receiver that Gruden likes. The Raiders hold two picks in the fifth round.
Jackson Carman headed home to Cincinnati
When Clemson needed stability, Jackson Carman delivered the last two years.
The offensive lineman more than held his own at left tackle for the Tigers, making sure Trevor Lawrence didn’t have to worry about pressure coming from his blindside. The Cincinnati Bengals obviously know that they can rely on Carman, as they selected him with the 46th overall pick in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.
Carman is Clemson’s highest-selected offensive lineman since the Detroit Lions picked Dave Thompson with the No. 30 overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft. Carman, an Ohio native, is returning back to his home state to play in the NFL.
To read more about Carman’s Clemson legacy, click here.
Amari Rodgers elite catching skills to Green Bay
Amari Rodgers was among the top slot receivers in college football this past season.
He now knows who he’ll be catching passes for at the next level. The Green Bay Packers drafted the former Clemson wide receiver with the 85th overall pick in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday.
With Justyn Ross dealing with problems in his spine f and Tee Higgins gone to the NFL, Clemson needed someone to emerge as a top target for Trevor Lawrence this season. Rodgers stepped up, grabbing 77 receptions for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns in his final season with the Tigers. The breakout season earned him a selection on the All-ACC first-team. He was also a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award.
Now, he’s living out his dream in Green Bay. Read more on Rodgers’ rise up NFL Draft boards here.