A.J. Terrell 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Strengths, Weaknesses and Possible Fits
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A.J. Terrell 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
AJ Terrell is a cornerback out of Clemson, and he’s projected to be a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Terrell has plenty of big-game experience playing for the powerhouse Tigers, and he should have no problem transitioning to the NFL for a potentially successful career as a starter.
College Career: Terrell played in 14 games as a true freshman at Clemson in 2017, posting 15 tackles and an interception. He started all 15 games as a sophomore, with 53 tackles, three interceptions and a touchdown. Terrell made First Team All-ACC in his junior season, and chose to forego his senior year to declare for the NFL Draft.
Terrell was part of the 2019 CFP National Championship team, and in that game he returned an interception 44 yards for a TD versus Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa—who is expected to be a first-round pick this year himself.
Strengths: Terrell’s bowl game experience will serve him well when it comes to the draft, as he’s seen the best competition college has to offer and overall has done well against it. He’s good at pushing up against receivers in press coverage, and with a low, constant backpedaling motion he can keep up with even the shiftiest of players.
Terrell is a patient cover man, and he’s got enough presence of mind to let a route develop before committing himself. His ability to disrupt receivers in traffic is impressive, and he’s got soft hands on jump balls which helps out with his interception ratio.
Weaknesses: In the National Championship Game versus LSU, Terrell struggled a bit. That’ll be a piece of tape scouts will point to when highlighting his weaknesses. Physically, he’s built pretty thin in his legs, and as a result he has a high center of gravity and can be bullied out of position by aggressive receivers.
Terrell needs to be more committed to his catch-point angles, and he resorts to arm tackles way too often. His recovery speed and run support could be better as well. The good news is that Terrell has some awesome natural gifts and could clean up most of his issues with a little coaching and technique work.
Possible Fits: We’ll probably begin hearing Terrell’s name toward the middle of the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. A few ticks down from there are the Vikings at No. 22 overall. Minnesota is expected to take a CB early in this draft, and that’s a nice spot for Terrell to land. The Vikings are also sitting at No. 25 overall, so he could slot in there as well provided Minnesota doesn’t trade back. If they do go ahead with two first-round picks, the Vikings will very likely take a CB and a WR with them.
Provided Terrell slides down a little bit further to the end of the first round, he’s got a great opportunity to land with the Chiefs at No. 32 overall. Terrell is strong, fast and versatile enough to play in most schemes, and he would fit in well with Kansas City.