2019 NFL Draft Prospect Report: Terry McLaurin
Name: Terry McLaurin
School: Ohio State
Listed Height: 6’0
Listed Weight: 208
Strengths: Mclaurin has a muscled up frame and finds ways to blow the top off of the defense with his 4.3 speed and route running prowess. As a route runner, he is sudden and smooth at the top of his route and is able to accelerate out of his cuts in order to create seperation. Is fluid in his changes of direction and is quick to flip his hips on comebacks and curls. At the line of scrimmage, McLaurin is able to use his hands to counter press and clear his hips early in the the route. He is quick footed and bursty in his release and has a series of jab steps to hold and manipulate corners. McLaurin processes coverages really well and can adjust his stem or the top of his route to a vacated zone. He shows that he can sink into his cuts and carry his speed well. Can disguise routes with shoulder lean in his stem and a dead leg move. He possesses the speed to separate laterally and linearly. After the catch, Mclaurin can make moves in space and burst into open field. He is a physical blocker who shows effort and clears corners off the ball. Puts in work as a punt gunner.
Weaknesses: Mclaurin is inconsistent in his ability to extend out to catch and can let the ball travel into his frame. Can struggle to finish at a contested catch point and can be slow to track the ball in the air.
Overview and Insights: McLaurin is a sharp route runner with expansive exposure to the route tree. On tape, he looked as if he had a lot of quickness to his game, but at the combine, he showed that he has elite level straight line speed that will allow him to tear the top off of the defense. Overall, Mclaurin projects to a number 2 WR who has the potential to be a solid pass catcher in the league and is a reliable route runner who uncovers consistently, has decent ability as a pass catcher, and can make plays after the catch.
Round Projection: 2nd-3rd
Ideal Fits: Patriots, Ravens, Redskins, Steelers, Buccaneers
Pro Comparison: Torrey Smith
Scout: Taylor Moser