Although not a finished product as a receiver, Marshall has tremendous upside
Teams looking for a potential difference-maker at wide receiver should take a close look at Terrace Marshall Jr. in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Although Marshall isn't likely to join fellow LSU product Ja'Marr Chase in the first round, he has all the tools necessary to become a productive No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. Marshall offers an appealing combination of size and athleticism and his 23 touchdown catches in 19 games over the last two seasons show he also has a knack for making big things happen when he gets the ball in his hands.
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Terrace Marshall Jr. Draft Profile
With their top four pass catchers from 2019’s national championship team gone, Marshall took full advantage of his chance to shine. He is a long, loose athlete who does a nice job downshifting and getting in and out of cuts despite his size. He uses his big frame to shield defensive backs on in-breaking routes, with big, strong hands to snatch the ball in traffic. He’s an aggressive, violent runner with the ball. He’s effective as a big slot or a boundary receiver, where he has the speed to get behind and stack defensive backs.
He is going to need some refinement as far as getting off the line of scrimmage; at LSU, he was often in motion before the snap or playing off the line of scrimmage in the slot, allowing easy releases. Overall, he needs to improve his feel for leveraging defensive backs, something that should come with time.
LSU has become something of a pipeline for No. 1 receivers, and Marshall could join Ja’Marr Chase as the next in line. Marshall needs a little more refinement, but he has the upside to become dominant.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round
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