While it’s always impressive if a small school standout can dominate their competition and put up a ridiculous production profile, it’s even more impressive if a player can produce in a loaded offense. With so many other talented receiving options, it would be easy for a college QB to simply lock onto the high-profile receiving weapons and forget about the other players in the offense, regardless of their talent.
Terrace Marshall was a key cog in the 2019 LSU offense that featured players like Ja’Marr Chase, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Justin Jefferson, and Thaddeus Moss. Despite the talent around him, Marshall still was able to produce and reeled in 13 total touchdowns on 46 receptions.
Even with all the vacated talent around him in 2020, Marshall could still produce despite inferior QB play. There’s a lot to like about Marshall and the athleticism he brings to the table, but is he a complete product?
Are there reasons to be concerned and skeptical about Marshall’s projection to the next level? Is he worthy of a high pick in Dynasty rookie drafts?
These questions are answered here in our scouting profile on Terrace Marshall Jr:
Weight: 200 lbs.
Arms: 32 3/4
Hands: 9 1/2
40-Yard Dash: 4.38
Vertical Jump: 39
Broad Jump: 125
Skills Breakdown (out of 100)
Route Running (72): Overall, a tools and traits type of prospect. He’s a great size/speed project that has some highlight-reel catches on his resume. With that being said, he is a limited route-runner that runs very upright. He adds very little within his routes to set up defenders and has a problem sinking his hips. Primarily ran slants, posts, outs, and nine routes at LSU.
Athleticism/Agility (78): Good athleticism for his size, and he’s able to pick up yardage after the catch with his long strides. He is not an overly quick or shifty athlete but can make people pay when he’s given room to build up a head of steam.
Hands (74): Has the ability to reel in one-handed catches deep downfield but then also struggles with concentration drops. Has a couple of bad drops on his tape from the Mississippi State game in 2020.
Contested Catch Ability (77): Very few examples of contested catches in the games that I watched, but he does have some highlight reel snags in other games and can use his size to shield out defenders well on slants.
Run After Catch Ability (78): Good RAC ability when he’s given open grass. He won’t make NFL defenders miss by juking them or quick start/stops, but will make people miss with his speed and size.
Release (70): Very few examples of him facing press coverage. He lined up in the slot primarily, so this aspect of his game is a bit of a mystery.
Deep Ball Tracking (76): Good deep ball tracking ability deep downfield as well. Able to make adjustments while the ball is in the air.
Speed (80): He ran a blistering Pro Day pace for his size, and he could have value as a field-stretching option in the NFL. It’s unclear how the NFL is going to value a player like that, but he could push his way into the second-round conversation due to his potential. All the tools and traits are there, but he’ll need to take some time to develop and become a more refined route-runner.
– GMFB (@gmfb) March 30, 2021
Terrace Marshall Jr. basically lives in the end zone. pic.twitter.com/sk6BPlgooB
– CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 26, 2020
They Said It
Projected Draft Range
Marshall’s stock is currently on the rise, and we likely see him go off the board within the top-50 picks.
Ideal Fantasy Landing Spot
The Green Bay Packers have tried making it work with speed and size players like Equanimeous St. Brown and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the past, but it hasn’t worked out how they wanted. Marshall would be an upgrade over what they have had and would be a big-bodied weapon on the outside for Aaron Rodgers.
Denzel Mims was 6’3/206 coming out of Baylor last year, and he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash. Marshall is 6’3/205 and ran a 4.38 40-yard dash. Additionally, Mims and Marshall have identical vertical jump numbers and close enough broad jump numbers as well. They’ll both win on the outside with size and speed and should go off the board around the same spot in the NFL Draft.
Terrace Marshall side by side with Denzel Mims
6’2 5/8 vs. 6’2 7/8
205 lbs. vs. 207 lbs.
4.38 forty vs. 4.38 forty
39″ vert vs. 38.5″
10’5″ broad vs. 10’11”
78 1/8″ wingspan vs. 78 1/2″
– Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) March 31, 2021
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