The Future 2021 NFL Draft Prospects: Terrace Marshall Jr.
Terrace Marshall Jr. was somewhat the forgotten receiver on the 2019 LSU team where Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson dominated. In 2020 when given the opportunity to be the number one option he recorded 48 receptions for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns in only 7 games. He's a big receiver at 6'3, 200lbs with great athleticism. He's shown that he can be versatile and play both out wide and out of the slot. I have him ranked as my 6th receiver and could see him going as high as the end of the 1st round. Below I'll discuss his hands, his release, his separation quickness, his adjust and body control, and his yards after contact (YAC).
Hands- He has very strong hands where he consistently uses his length to catch the ball away from his body, shielding off defenders. His length can help erase inaccurate throws where he can adjust to throws outside of his frame. He can pluck the ball out of the air and hold on through contact, but in 2020 he had 7 drops due to lack of concentration and getting his eyes upfield too quickly so he will need to improve on that.
Release- He played a lot of snaps out wide in 2019 and a lot of snaps in the slot in 2020 so he has the experience against both press and off coverage. Against off he uses his good straight-line speed to eat up space and against press he has sound technique where he can use a variety of releases to beat the corner and he rarely gets caught up by jams at the line of scrimmage.
Separation Quickness- He has a great understanding of zone coverage and understands how to find the openings of the defense. Against man, he is surprisingly quick in/out of his cuts despite his size and he knows how to use his size to his advantage to create separation, especially at the catch point where he can go up and get the ball over defenders. He has a combination of size, physicality, straight-line speed, acceleration, technique, and footwork to get open. He uses his footwork to help deceive defenders about his route direction.
Adjust/Body Control- Marshall tracks the ball well over his shoulder and his length helps with his ability to catch the ball when it throws well outside his frame. He does an excellent job of going up and high-pointing the ball and his ball skills down the field is very good. He can improve upon his ability to control his body especially on the sideline and in the back of the end zone.
YAC- His straight-line speed is very good and his acceleration is solid as well. He shows a good ability to find open lanes when running after the catch and is a physical runner in the open field. He isn't going to be like Kadarius Toney in the open field but he can still make plays with the ball in his hands.