Cornell Powell
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Powell during training camp with Clemson in 2016
No. 14 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1997-10-30) October 30, 1997 (age 24)
Greenville, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:JH Rose
(Greenville, North Carolina)
College:Clemson (2016–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 5 / Pick: 181
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Third team All-ACC (2020)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Cornell Powell (born October 30, 1997) is an American football wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson.

Early years

Powell attended JH Rose High School in Greenville, North Carolina. As a senior, he had 65 receptions for 1,557 yards and 38 total touchdowns. He committed to Clemson University to play college football.[1]

College career

Powell spent 2016 to 2019 as a backup receiver.[2] He took a redshirt in 2018 after playing in only four games.[3] During those years, he totaled 40 receptions for 329 yards and three touchdowns.[4] He became a starter for the first time his redshirt senior season in 2020.[5][6] He finished the season with 53 receptions for 882 yards and seven touchdowns.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0+14 in
(1.84 m)
205 lb
(93 kg)
32+34 in
(0.83 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
4.53 s 1.60 s 2.66 s 4.21 s 7.03 s 36.5 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[7][8]

Powell was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round, 181st overall, of the 2021 NFL Draft.[9] He signed his four-year rookie contract on May 13, 2021.[10] He was waived on August 31, 2021 and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[11][12] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs on February 2, 2022.[13]


  1. ^ Clemson’s NFL track record a draw for 4-star commit Cornell Powell
  2. ^ Hope, Dan. "Clemson receiver Cornell Powell ready to play big role". Independent Mail.
  3. ^ Clemson receiver Cornell Powell ready to help carry on Tigers’ Wide Receiver U legacy
  4. ^ A 2020 season that almost didn’t happen has Clemson senior receiver on NFL’s doorstep
  5. ^ Shanesy, Todd. "Answering coaches' challenge, Cornell Powell could be key for Clemson against Notre Dame". The Greenville News.
  6. ^ Raynor, Grace. "It's finally Clemson WR Cornell Powell's turn: 'Nothing easy is worth having'". The Athletic.
  7. ^ "Cornell Powell Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved May 4, 2022.
  8. ^ "2021 Draft Scout Cornell Powell, Clemson NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". Retrieved May 4, 2022.
  9. ^ "Five Things to Know About New Chiefs' WR Cornell Powell". May 1, 2021.
  10. ^ "Chiefs trade for Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes, sign draft picks".
  11. ^ "Chiefs Announce Roster Moves to Meet NFL-Mandated 53 Players". August 31, 2021.
  12. ^ "Chiefs sign 14 players to practice squad". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. September 2, 2021.
  13. ^ "Chiefs sign 13 players to reserve/future contracts". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. February 2, 2022.