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Senior Bowl: Clemson WR Cornell Powell on Transitioning to NFL Playbook



MOBILE, Ala. — As the college players try to take their leap to the next level, they will have to learn new things that differentiate the NFL from the college landscape.

For other positions, this is more drastic. Quarterbacks, in particular, have to learn how to manage an offense with new angles since the college game has grown apart from largely pro systems. Even for a position like wide receiver, the hashes are far different. There is less green space to work with on a given play is diminished in the NFL. The leap is not easy for everyone. For Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell, his transition has been easier.

“The playbook is very similar to the one I ran in college,” Powell said. “The transition has not been too hard for me.”

Powell noted that the staffs did not want to throw too much at the players to overwhelm them. However, they did want to throw in new terminology and wrinkles to get acclimated to NFL verbiage and play calls. That, Powell says, is the biggest difference.

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