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Terrace Marshall Jr. NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Carolina Panthers WR

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

LSU receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (6) against Arkansas during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Michael Woods/Associated Press

HEIGHT: 6'2 1/2"

WEIGHT: 205

               

POSITIVES

—Tall and long WR who has a traditional X WR build.

—Good overall route-runner, but best on longer routes. Shows good body control for his size and does a good job of staying flat on in-breaking routes and staying friendly to the QB. Consistent on his route details on all three levels.

—Plays with surprisingly good bend and balance given his height. Will consistently get low when making cuts, helping him get in-and-out of breaks better than other WRs at the same size.

—Good footwork given his size. Able to tight turn on his routes and dropstep after receiving the ball to pick up yards after the catch.

—Comfortable lining up on the outside and in the slot and has experience with both.

—Long strider who has good vertical ability. Can consistently track deep throws and adjust for the catch, has a flair for the highlight-reel catches.

                

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NEGATIVES

—Has drops with throws at his body. Can be attributed to long arms (not knowing how to turn hands), and he will look to run before seeing the ball come in.

—Not physical in the run game. Inconsistent effort with his run blocking.

—Seems to know which plays he’s not a primary target and will coast on routes. Overall competitiveness seems to come and go.

—Below-average with the ball in his hands. Long strider and not overly twitchy, which won’t make a ton of guys miss.

               

2020 STATISTICS

7 G, 48 rec., 731 yards, 15.2 avg., 10 TD

               

OVERALL

Terrace Marshall is a long WR who aligned both inside and outside throughout his college career. Marshall shows good movement skills throughout his game, such as surprising bend and change-of-direction ability on underneath routes. He has above-average overall hands with good catching range, but he will have drops with throws at his body on shorter routes because of a tendency to let the ball come near his body as he looks up to identify traffic near him.

Marshall is an above-average overall route runner who has been asked to run a variety of routes in different offensive schemes and across the formation, he is best on intermediate and vertical routes from the outside that utilize his buildup speed and length, but he shows good body control and foot quickness to be QB-friendly on shorter routes. Marshall is below-average with the ball in his hands, with his long strides and average change of direction limiting the yards he can create after the catch (and his upside for screens and gadgets). Competitiveness and toughness issues also crop up when watching Marshall, as he can have flashes of poor finish on his routes and in his blocking.

Overall, Marshall projects a WR who can contribute on Day 1 as a No. 3/No. 4 option for a good offense because of his experience aligning outside and in the slot, as well as his ability to win vertically with the upside of being a bonafide every down X-WR who can align across the formation on high-leverage plays. Marshall’s path for a more prominent role and career will most likely be determined by his continued development of more consistency with his athletic traits and ability.

               

GRADE: 7.9/10 (2nd round)

OVERALL RANK39/300

POSITION RANKWR8

PRO COMPARISON: Michael Gallup

                

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice