A.J. Terrell 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Pros, Cons, and Projected Teams
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A.J. Terrell 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
A.J. Terrell, a cornerback from Clemson will forgo his senior season and will be hoping to hear his name called early in the draft. Terrell was instrumental in the secondary helping Clemson to have success over the last 2-3 years. Let us take a look at his college career, pros, cons, and projected teams.
College Career: During two years as a starter the Clemson program recorded a record of 29-1. Terrell totaled 107 tackles during his 3 seasons, while intercepting quarterbacks 6 times. His most accomplished year was the 2019 campaign, as he had 2 interceptions, but was a first-team All-ACC selection. He was highly recruited out of high school, as he chose Clemson over a handful of power house schools in the SEC.
Pros: During his seasons at Clemson, especially the 2019 season, he was given the task of locking down some of the best receivers at the college ranks. He isn’t a secondary player that floats around, he plays right up on the receiver step for step. Terrell has quick feet and works through contact well.
Cons: Struggles with tackling at times, as he just hits the receiver at times with a shoulder. In college he would trick quarterbacks into thinking they had an open receiver, but Terrell knew what he was doing. However, that could hurt him at the NFL level, as quarterbacks make better decisions and the wideouts are faster.
Projected Teams: A few of the teams that have been rumored are the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, and the Carolina Panthers.
The Packers could use another secondary player, as some of the personnel has not been proven yet or have been injured. Two players that come to mind are Kevin King and Josh Jackson. Jackson needs to prove himself more, while King is able to hold his own when out there, but has had issues with injuries.
The 49ers may not need a cornerback for this season, but thinking down the road is beneficial. San Francisco has Richard Sherman, but he has been in the league for awhile. The 49ers could draft a defensive back and Sherman would have the ability to start grooming the youngster.
The Panthers lost quite a few players in the secondary during this offseason. Carolina lost Ross Cockrell, Javien Elliot, and James Bradberry. Drafting a cornerback in the early rounds just makes sense for Carolina management.