Cornell Powell, WR
There’s no single player on the practice squad with more invested in him up front than wide receiver Cornell Powell.
The Chiefs drafted Powell in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, yet they also decided to release him only three months later, a sign that the team was deep overall and without an automatic placement for their most recent draft class. At the same time, it was also an indictment on how Powell looked compared to other prospects brought into training camp for the same role.
It’s not as if the Chiefs didn’t have openings available for the players who were ready for them, as illustrated by Marcus Kemp’s ability to claim a spot for another season and Daurice Fountain’s rise from tryout player to the active roster. However, Powell was a late bloomer at Clemson and it’s likely that he’ll need more time to adjust to the professional level as well.
Whether or not Powell will be a promising talent in the future is something only time will tell, but at the very least, it’s exciting to have him back in the fold to see if the experiment plays out as hoped instead of just losing him after three months via the waiver wire.