With What Pick is A.J. Terrell Selected?
2020 NFL Draft
Over 32.5 +220 / Under 32.5 -340 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Former Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell is projected to be a first-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Terrell is a versatile player who can fit into a lot of different schemes, so he’ll likely be one of the first CBs off the board on draft day.
Here’s a closer look at Terrell’s draft stock and his potential landing spots.
College Career: Terrell has a pretty nice college resume. He played in 14 games as a true freshman in 2017, posting 15 tackles with a pick, then started all 15 games as a sophomore with 53 tackles, three interceptions and a touchdown.
One big highlight of Terrell’s junior season came in the CFP National Championship, when he took an interception 44 yards back to the end zone for a TD. Terrell made First Team All-ACC that season, then decided to forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Strengths/Weaknesses: Terrell has plenty of big-game experience from his college career, and he’s played opposite some truly great receivers. He’s got a nice, smooth backpedal and solid foot agility to follow routes. Terrell is a patient corner, and will read the quarterback’s eyes before committing to a decision.
As far as drawbacks, Terrell has some bad tape from the National Championship Game versus LSU, and there are concerns that he’ll be overwhelmed with NFL-level competition. Terrell’s angles need to get better, as he ends up in a lot of bad-technique arm tackles when trying to take down a ball carrier.
Under 32.5 Odds (-340): Put simply, this over/under bet applies to whether or not Terrell is a first-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. It seems to be about right on target, as some mock drafts have Terrell going in the early 20s, and some have him going in the mid-30s. It just depends on how things shake out.
If the stars align for Terrell, he could go at No. 22 overall to Minnesota. The Vikings will actively be pursuing cornerbacks in this draft, and could use a versatile guy like Terrell. There’s also a chance he sneaks into the first round and goes to Kansas City with the last pick, which would be a nice spot for him to land.
Over 32.5 Odds (+220): If teams are more pessimistic about Terrell’s immediate NFL future, we could see him slip into the second round. Detroit sits at No. 35 overall, and they’re revamping their defense right now so Terrell will be in play if he’s still on the board. Assuming the Lions pass, the Giants have the No. 36 pick; I don’t see Terrell falling much further than that.
Pick: Even though it’s a pretty thick line, I still have to go with the under on this. Terrell is one of the best cornerbacks in this draft, and his ceiling is quite high. He’s certainly got first-round talent and potential. I feel like the most likely scenario is the best for Terrell: the Vikings at No. 22. Beyond that, I don’t see him falling into the second round; if nothing else, a CB-needy team will snatch him with a possible trade-up. There’s just too much upside here.