Clemson Football: Could Cornell Powell make a switch to defense?

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 2: Cornerback Demetrius Monday
CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 2: Cornerback Demetrius Monday /

The opportunity for snaps at wide receiver is very limited for Clemson football. Could that lead junior Cornell Powell to flip to the defensive backfield?

Clemson football isn’t called #WRU for no reason.

The Tigers have produced some of the best wide receivers in the country over the past half-decade. DeAndre ‘Nuk’ Hopkins, Martavis Bryant, Charone Peake, and Sammy Watkins just to name a few.

That has led to Clemson receiving commitments from top prospects from all around the nation.

This year, Clemson football returns several 5-star guys that will fill roles, leaving the wide receiver spot with plenty of depth yet again.

Could that lead to a position switch for junior Cornell Powell?

Making a change…

Powell was a highly-touted prospect coming out of high school. Through two seasons, though, he hasn’t gotten much of a chance to make a statement.

He has sat behind the likes of Ray-Ray McCloud and Artavis Scott. This season, it looks that he will move into the second-string role behind Amari Rodgers, but true-freshman Derion Kendrick is right on his heels.

Could that lead to a switch for Powell?

Powell is too athletic to not have a spot on the field. He has great hands and is very physical body.

If he were to make a switch to corner back, it would provide much-needed depth at the position and, most likely, get him more playing time.

Unfortunately, making a switch to the opposite side of the ball is not easy. But, I think Powell has the athleticism and football IQ to become a solid corner back and play an important role on Clemson football’s defense.

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If he decides to stay at wide receiver, I think we see more of him this year. But, a switch just may be what he needs to kick start an NFL career and make a major impact for the Tigers in 2018.

What do you think, Clemson fans? Comment below!