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PRO 2021 Rookie Spotlight: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR LSU

Rookie Spotlight: Terrace Marshall Jr., Louisiana State
Height: 6’ 3”(unofficial)
Weight: 205 pounds (unofficial)
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40 yard dash: 4.55 (unofficial)
NFL Comparison: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Robert Woods, Tyler Boyd

Pros
– good size/catch radius
– solid route runner
– constant red-zone threat
– can line up anywhere, versatile from scheme-standpoint
– requisite long-speed
– had some of the biggest statistical games in LSU history
– has worked with acclaimed trainer David Robinson through entire career

Cons
– ocasional concentration drops
– lacks elite agility
– falls down after the catch too often
– took a backseat to Chase and Jefferson in 2019 LSU offense

College Production Score: .19

2020 Market Share Team Receptions: 14%
2020 Market Share Team Receiving Yards: 15%
2020 Market Share Team Receiving TDs: 27%

Scouting Notes: A 5-star recruit in high school, Marshall was the odd man out at LSU while Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase were around in 2019, but with Jefferson leaving for the NFL and Chase opting out of the 2020 season, it was the Marshall show in Baton Rouge, where he averaged more than 100 yards per game and scored 13 TDs in seven games. Marshall offers versatility and size, a potent combination especially in the red-zone. His route running inside and out is up to snuff, though his change of direction skills aren’t elite – He mainly creates separation through his physicality. And though Marshall lacks good short-area burst, his long speed is impressive for a player of his size. He can make contested catches all day and his catch radius offers QBs a big target, though Marshall tends to fall down after bringing in those contested and jump balls. His lackluster 10.73% yards after contact and only 138 yards after the catch in 2020 shows that he’s not the most savvy player with the ball in his hands – He won’t make many defenders miss with his agility. I would also like to see Marshall use his stature to more effect in his blocking, where he is inconsistent at times and doesn’t play up to his size. Still, there’s a ton to like about Marshall, who has been a reliable hands catcher despite some drop issues in 2020. He can move the chains with ease, but he can break your heart with the occasional big play too in the mold of a Robert Woods or JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Fantasy Outlook: Marshall’s versatility and pedigree will have teams lining up to draft him this season, as he doesn’t need a specific scheme to flourish at the next level. He’s been touted as a first round pick in some circles. I could see him doing the most damage somewhere like New Orleans or as a possession guy in Kansas City. In fact, he has been comped by QB guru Dan Orlovsky to Michael Thomas. If former teammate Chase has already gone by the time you draft in dynasty formats (and he will be if you pick anywhere after the 1.04 or so in rookie drafts), Marshall offers a similar floor and only lacks the truly mega-star upside Chase posesses, so don’t be scared to take him early. He’s a fine take at the 1-2 turn in early, 1QB traditional 12-team rookie drafts with room for movement (both upward and downward) depending on NFL landing spot.

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