The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the A.J. Terrell 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Size: 6-foot-1, 195 pounds
2019 stats: 34 total tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 3 passes defended, 2 interceptions
Terrell entered the college football world as a five-star prospect and he didn’t disappoint over his time at Clemson. After three seasons, he has made himself into a solid cornerback prospect.
In his freshman season, Terrell saw time as a reserve corner, totaling one interception and seven passes defended. He entered the 2018 season as the starting cornerback and didn’t disappoint. Terrell had 53 total tackles, three interceptions, three passes defended and was named to the All-ACC Third Team. His play helped the Tigers go 15-0 and win the National Championship. For his junior season, Terrell had 34 total tackles, two interceptions, three passes defended and was named All-ACC First-Team. The Tigers got to the National Championship Game, but lost to LSU.
After a career that saw team and individual success, Terrell decided to enter his name into the 2020 NFL Draft. He is currently projected to be taken late in round one or early in round two.
Terrell is great in man to man coverage. He typically presses wide receivers at the line of scrimmage to start the play. After that point, he has the necessary foot speed and athleticism to mirror a receiver through their route. He has the ability to break with a receiver and maintain his speed at a solid level.
He is a good athlete, which will help him matchup will in the NFL. This helps him stick with his man and make plays on the ball when it is coming in his direction. At the NFL combine, he ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, which is solid for his position and his size. Some athletes will be better in the pros, but Terrell will be able to hold his own.
His ball skills are great. When the ball was thrown his way, he was usually able to challenge the wide receiver for the ball. He can swat it down or intercept it with his good hands. Terrell even brought one back for a touchdown in the national championship game against Alabama following the 2018 season.
Terrell has trouble with bigger and more physical receivers. He needs to add more play strength to match up with them. They push him off of his spots to get open and he isn’t able to fight back without much force. Wide receivers are also able to box him out and go make contested catches because of his lack of strength.
Teams looking for good run support will not want to draft Terrell. He struggles to shed from blockers, due to his lack of strength. If he is able to break free, he isn’t the most interested in stopping the run. His tackling could also use some work, as right now running backs will be able to run through a lot of his tackles.
While he is good in man coverage, he does have a tendency to grab wide receivers. He is liable to pick up a lot of pass interference calls in his first few years until he learns to keep his hands off his man. His first position coach will need to work with him immediately in this area, as it should be correctable.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
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