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Terry McLaurin NFL Draft 2019: Scouting Report for Washington Redskins' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2019

Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin reacts during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Northwestern, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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STRENGTHS

—Quick feet at the line of scrimmage make him hard to jam; understands how to make himself a small target in press coverage.

—Athleticism to create after the catch with good vision in the open field to find running lanes.

—Fluid, active hips in his routes made corners dance at the Senior Bowl.

—Able to keep his focus and pull in contested passes; works well on crossing and comeback routes to find and secure the ball.

—Demonstrates a route-running IQ beyond his years, especially coming out of the Ohio State offense that doesn't always develop receivers well.   

—Experienced gunner on special teams, great tackler and team-first mentality.

                 

WEAKNESSES

—Too often allows the ball to get into his body and must work on arm extension.

—Plays smaller than his size (6'0", 208 lbs) and isn't one to run through traffic or make a lot of 50-50 receptions.

—Struggles with balls outside his frame and doesn't have the catch radius you want as a downfield threat.

                  

OVERALL

When watching Terry McLaurin at the Senior Bowl, we noticed his route running first. That's where the DaeSean Hamilton comparison comes from. Many receivers will rely on their size or speed to get open in the NFL, while McLaurin and Hamilton both excel with route running. McLaurin can do intriguing things with his feet and hips, but we need to see more from his hands.

                         

GRADE: 6.60 (ROUND 2—ROOKIE IMPACT/FUTURE STARTER)

PRO COMPARISON: DaeSean Hamilton

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