Although the Jacksonville Jaguars will likely devote most of their attention to quarterback Trevor Lawrence on his Pro Day, they should also keep an eye on wide receiver Cornell Powell, who will try to impress NFL Scouts in an effort this rise his draft stock.
Lawrence could call off the workout and would still be the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, it will be one of Powell’s last chances to make noise before the selection meeting, as this year’s Scouting Combine has been canceled due to the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It took a while for Powell to break out. Before 2020, he had never hauled in more than 20 receptions in a season. However, he caught 53 passes for 882 receptions and seven touchdowns last year. In fact, in the last six games, he had 39 receptions for 730 yards and five touchdowns.
Powell’s speed is limited and the fact he only had one productive college season could be a cause for concern. Nevertheless, he runs solid routes and has displayed the ability to come down with contested catches. Moreover, his short-area quickness, strength, and superb change of direction can help him get open.
Why would the Jacksonville Jaguars target Cornell Powell?
Powell could get drafted as early as the third round, but he should be available in the fourth. If the Jaguars aren’t interested in using a first-round selection on Kadarious Toney or targeting fellow Tigers wide receiver Amari Rodgers in the second round, they could take Powell in the third.
Wide receiver won’t be a priority for the Jaguars in the draft, but they can’t neglect the position either. Keelan Cole and Chris Conley are scheduled to become free agents and it’s unknown if the team’s brass will bring either one back. Even if they end up re-signing one of them, they should still replenish their wide receiver corps.
The Jaguars have a couple of good wide receivers in DJ Chark Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. Nevertheless, they should add depth to the unit and Powell could be a solid addition in the middle of the draft.