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Draft Profile: Ohio St. WR Terry McLaurin – W. Berckenhoff

by Wyatt Berckenhoff

Terry McLaurin

6’0” 208 Ibs

2018 Stats

35 Receptions, 701 yards, Average of 20 YPR,  11 TD

Strengths

Routes – As a route runner, he shows detail and intelligence. This is shown through how precise his angles and breaks are when running the route. Matched with his actual physical ability at the top of his routes makes him a smart runner.

Size and speed – Due to his NFL Combine performance, his draft stock has claimed due to incredible numbers. He ran the forty yard dash in 4.35 seconds with the NFL average being 4.48 making for an above average speed. Matched with being six feet and a vertical jump at 37.5 inches, he has good measurables to be a success in the NFL.

On Field IQ – He has the rare ability to find the open space when the QB is in trouble, which could lead to many targets. During the Senior Bowl and throughout the season he was able to destroy his one on one matchups, winning almost every single time.

Weaknesses

Starting speed – Although Terry has above average speed overall, he can be slow at the start of the play. He seems to get off the line slow making it harder for him to get open for more receptions. With the lack of early speed the defense is able to stay in tight coverage with him.

Blocking – Despite his size he seems to be slow when getting to his blocking assignments. His willingness to block is also lacking at times, making it a point of improvement in Terry’s game.

Catching – He catches with his body instead of catching with his hands. This can create many problems with NFL defenses, especially since he struggles getting away from tight coverage. His lack of high pointing the ball limits the routes he can do. He also struggles to gain YAC (Yards after the catch) which could be vital to him seeing more time on the field.

Overall

He does have a special teams ability due to good size and speed. His route running is the tool that sets him apart due to his physical nature. He seems to lean on his size to win the start of his routes rather than his speed, causing problems of tight coverage. NFL teams could be worried that his tendency to let the ball get too far into his body instead of using his hands. His lack of YAC could also be an issue. His talent will most likely make him start as a special teams player but be a backup wide receiver for his first year while he learns proper techniques.

 

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