Cornell Powell has caught passes from some very decorated quarterbacks during his college career.
The former Clemson wide receiver started out his career catching balls from Deshaun Watson, then finished it up by catching them from Trevor Lawrence. Both quarterbacks with national championships on their resumes.
After being selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, Powell will now be catching balls from another quarterback with a championship pedigree in Patrick Mahomes.
“Going from Trevor (Lawrence) to Patrick Mahomes, it’s just a blessing,” Powell told media members recently. “I couldn’t ask for anything better, I fell into the perfect situation, so I’ve just got to make the most of every opportunity that I get.”
Powell has been compared by some in the Kansas City organization to former Chiefs wideout Sammy Watkins, who also happened to be a star receiver for Clemson. Coaches on the staff see him as a “post-up receiver.
However, Powell just sees himself as a guy capable of making plays.
“I consider myself a playmaker,” Powell said. “I can go down the field and make plays, I can run routes, and I can give my team a spark.
That is a similar mindset that new teammate Tyreek Hill came into the NFL with after some tried labeling him as a “gadget player” or dismissed him as a “return specialist,” and Powell knows there is a lot he can learn from one of the most dynamic players in the league.
“I just look forward to getting all the knowledge I can from him,” Powell said of Hill. “All the inside scoops on all the DBs that we go against, just trying to get under his wing and learn from him. He’s one of the best receivers in the league, so I know he’s got a lot to tell me and I’m just trying to be all ears and be a sponge and soak it all up.”
At the end of the day, though, Powell said he is willing to do whatever it takes to help his new team win, and he just wants to have fun doing so.
I’m just here to have fun, make plays and contribute to winning championships.”