Chicago Bears trade up to retry at quarterback in 2021 mock draft
By Joseph Herff
Chicago Bears: Round 4, Pick No. 133 via CLE
After taking quite some time to come onto the scene at Clemson, Cornell Powell showed what he was capable of for the Tigers. The wide receiver helped the Tigers win an ACC Championship and eventually became a draft prospect despite struggling early in his career.
Before his redshirt senior season, Powell just had a total of 40 receptions in four seasons. Even though he hardly saw the field, he stayed put in Clemson finally getting his chance as a redshirt senior. He made the most of that chance totaling 53 receptions for 882 yards and seven touchdowns.
Powell is a physically-imposing wide receiver and it’s hard to ignore the traits he brings to the table. He’s big, strong, and fast as he posted a 4.47 40 yard dash and had an impressive vertical of 36.5 inches. Powell loves to battle out for 50/50 balls and hardly loses them as well. It’s hard to gauge what he can become, but his traits show that he could be good given the right scenario.
The Bears desperately need help at wide receiver as after Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney, there isn’t much to brag about. Anthony Miller is rumored to be traded, Javon Wims is pursuing boxing, and Riley Ridley is in the doghouse for no reason. They need to retool their depth here and Powell would be a good piece for that.