4 Clemson prospects the Panthers should consider drafting in 2021
By Dean Jones
Cornell Powell – WR
Although Cornell Powell might be classed as a little lightweight for the NFL, his level of progression during the 2020 season won’t have gone unnoticed by professional scouts. The wide receiver came of age to put up some exceptional numbers at Clemson and although it didn’t come with a National Championship, it’s seen his stock go through the roof.
Powell only enhancing his credentials at the 2021 Senior Bowl, where the Carolina Panthers coaching staff got to see first-hand his smooth route-running and dependable hands. Just why it took him so long to make an impact with the Tigers is unclear, but providing he can take this confidence into the NFL, someone is going to have a real player on their hands.
As stated previously, the Panthers are facing a real problem where Curtis Samuel is concerned this spring. The former Ohio State standout went over 1,000 all-purpose yards for the first time in his career and is sure to get an offer in free agency that Carolina won’t be able to match.
There is a chance of a tag-and-trade scenario playing out providing the Panthers extend stud right tackle Taylor Moton. However, the fact remains that Carolina needs to find a replacement to avoid complications for whoever is under center and Powell might just fit the bill if he progresses further in the coming years.