Terrace Marshall Jr, WR LSU
College Dominator Rating: 46.07%
Breakout Age: 20.3
Comp: Kenny Golladay
Terrace Marshall Jr. made news recently by opting out of the remainder of the 2020-2021 season. I think it’s the right call. He has made a name for himself and doesn’t have much to play for anymore with LSU not in contention. Currently, he seems to be within the top 5 or 6 of most analysts 2021 WR prospects. I just moved him up to my 3rd ranked receiver for the 2021 draft, just after fellow LSU Tiger Ja’Marr Chase and Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman. I want to dive a little deeper into why I made this update in my rankings.
During the 2019 season when that LSU offense was going nuclear with Justin Jefferson and Ja'Marr Chase and company, Marshall had 66 targets and turned that into 46 receptions for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was the 3rd leading receiver in that offense. He averaged 10.2 yards per target.
In the 2020 season, it was all eyes on Marshall as the primary receiver and he delivered. In only 7 games, Marshall was targeted 70 times. He caught 48 passes for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns. This time around, he averaged 10.4 yards per target. During those 7 games, he had a College Dominator Rating of 33.32%.
At roughly 6’3” and 200 pounds, Marshall has a big frame that will instantly be put to use as a RedZone threat in the NFL. He was a touchdown scoring monster in 2 solid years at LSU. He scored 23 touchdowns in two seasons there. I love his ability to high point the ball while showing excellent body control and concentration to grab those touchdowns. I love receivers that show those traits and that is a big reason I was so high on Tee Higgins. Athleticism and speed are overrated. Here is a clip of Marshall going up and snagging a ball against Clemson in the College Football Championship Game.
Marshall has the ability to finish the catch even while being interfered with. Here is a clip of him getting his arm held right before the ball gets to him, but he is able to finish the catch with his other arm. Great concentration!
Another thing I have noticed with Marshall is that he does have some big play ability after the catch. There were multiple highlights of Marshall shaking off a tackler and gaining some extra yardage or even taking it to the house. Here is a clip of Marshall showing some speed and making a nice cut to get to the end zone.
My Comp: I see a lot of Kenny Golladay’s game in Terrace Marshall Jr, especially in the RedZone. They both have very similar traits along with their more obvious similarities in size and speed. I think that Terrace Marshall Jr has a good chance to be a similar type of player in the NFL and can produce like Golladay has with Detroit.
Preferred Landing Spot: Marshall is currently projected to be a late first round pick or early to mid second round pick. My preferred landing spot would be the Packers late in the first, which honestly I could say that for most of these wide receiver prospects. Maybe they will see how they could have used Tee Higgins this year and go out and get Marshall. Who knows what they will do in the draft though. Either way, Marshall should have high draft capital and have a solid NFL career.