Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy said that Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin has "absolutely aced" the pre-draft process.
Nagy adds that NFL scouts were hoping that McLaurin would fly under the radar, but Nagy predicts that we'll be hearing McLaurin's name a lot more as we get closer to the 2019 NFL Draft. McLaurin was called a future CEO at the Senior Bowl and then rocked a 4.35-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. While all of this is positive, his weaknesses include limited career production and being older than most of the other receiver prospects. Consider McLaurin as a potential Day 2 candidate with an early Day 3 floor.
SOURCE: Jim Nagy on Twitter
Mar 22, 2019, 3:14 PM
NFL Media's Lance Zierlein said Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin "the talent to be an NFL backup."
That might sound like a negative comment, but that's more of a compliment given his lack of career production at Ohio State. Zierlein believes that McLaurin will have more of an impact than the typical backup receiver because of his special teams contributions. If McLaurin does sneak into a starting lineup, he offers 4.35 speed and an NFL wide receivers coach noted that he was running better routes at the Senior Bowl than he was running during the 2018 season, which is a testament to his work ethic. Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy called McLaurin a future CEO.
Mar 10, 2019, 2:55 PM
Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
McLaurin (6'0/208) has had a nice little evaluating season to date. Back in January, he turned in a respectable showing during the Senior Bowl practice week, when he was clocked at 22.1 MPH -- the top recorded speed of any player in Mobile. Beyond the obvious speed, Scary Terry is a killer in the interview room. SB director Jim Nagy has said that McLaurin has the kind of mental makeup of a future CEO. That kind of a killer. He is one of a number of intriguing potential Day 2 WR options for April.
Mar 2, 2019, 1:21 PM
Each ran crisp, precise routes Wednesday and made a handful of highlight-reel grabs. For McLaurin, though, it served as the third and final piece of what has been a fantastic pre-draft process.
McLaurin shined, catching passes away from his hands at the end of complex routes and eliciting “oohs” and “ahhs” from those in attendance. He showed good footwork along the sidelines on a couple of tough catches, and the majority of his afternoon was studded with eye-opening plays. Anyone who had started to consider his draft potential had to feel vindicated in their thoughts after Wednesday's workout.
McLaurin's football stardom saw its first peak in high school when he was named 2013 Indiana Mr. Football. The four-star prospect joined a talented receiving corps at Ohio State and, because of the competition, took a while to see considerable playing time in Columbus. No matter, though: McLaurin found his first role on special teams.
Now, that added quality might help him hear his name called earlier in April.
McLaurin finished his Ohio State career with 75 catches for 1,251 yards and 19 touchdowns, including a final campaign of 35 grabs for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was a receiver who caught the touchdowns in between the better-known names before seeing his role expand during his senior season. As a result, he went to Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl with essentially zero fanfare.
Then he hit the practice field.
McLaurin turned heads with the same crisp routes, run against some of the nation's top upperclassmen. Suddenly, the lone Buckeye at the game was a focal point of the week leading up to the showcase.
From there, his stock continued to rise, thanks to a solid NFL Combine workout that also included a 4.35-second 40-yard dash and 18 reps on the bench press. No longer was he an overlooked name on an Ohio State roster. Now, he's viewed as a potentially reliable No. 2 or 3 receiver who can instantly help on special teams.
That last part might put him on the field immediately, and the actual receiving could keep him on the field for 5-10 years if he finds the right fit.
"Kind of the rare guy that was a redshirt senior," NFL Network's Rhett Lewis said during the network's broadcast of the Pro Day. ... "But a guy that had 11 touchdowns on 35 receptions (during his senior season)."
"Had a very good week at the Senior Bowl," NFL Network's Bucky Brooks added. "The fact that he's able to consistently put the ball in the paint is a very attractive trait."
Attractive indeed. McLaurin's value lies in his versatility, attention to detail and willingness to complete the unheralded tasks with consistent effort. We'll soon learn which team sees the same potential in him.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller compared Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin to Denver Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton.
"Many receivers will rely on their size or speed to get open in the NFL, while McLaurin and Hamilton both excel with route running," Miller writes. Beyond his route-running, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound McLaurin is a phenomenal athlete on the whole, registering a SPARQ composite landing him in the 87th percentile of NFL wideouts while at the NFL Scouting Combine. Late last month, Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy wrote to social media that McLaurin -- who showed out well in Mobile back in January -- had "absolutely aced" his draft process. He seems to have locked up a Day 2 selection to this juncture. Now it's just a matter of whether or not he has enough juice to sneak toward the first round.
SOURCE: Bleacher Report
Apr 4, 2019, 1:55 PM
WR Terry McLaurin, Ohio State
Urban Meyer has stated that McLaurin is one of the hardest working players he has ever been around. A thick-built receiver with excellent power and outstanding blocking ability, McLaurin is capable of de-cleating defensive backs with his devastating hits. He is also a strong runner after the catch with the ability to break tackles and excels on special teams. He was overshadowed at Ohio State due to a crowded supporting cast and being asked to do the dirty work. It would not be a shock to see McLaurin develop into an even finer pro and play a decade-plus in the league.
Pro Football Focus ranks Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin as their No. 68 overall prospect.
PFF isn't worried about McLaurin's lack of production early in his career because of the talent he sat behind, and they are intrigued by his speed and route running. At the Senior Bowl, McLaurin was praised often for his on-field skills and character. One of the top per target receivers in the nation last year, McLaurin is expected to land in the second or third round.
SOURCE: Pro Football Focus
Apr 13, 2019, 7:55 PM
Good analysisOhio States offense has been interesting, to say the least. I think this season and in future Ohio State has used more of what looks like Mike Leach's concepts to our base offense. The transition from Meyer to Day has become very noticeable to me. Much more crossing routes as you could see in Michigan game to create space or pick on a matchup they liked. Picking spots for long downfield throws and mesh point plays that reminded me of Oklahoma and Texas Tech. The receivers seemed more of the focal point than the running game last season but the offense in itself was a more intermediate passing game than the longer downfield game. It's very hard to judge and scout the receivers in this offense. I do think Campell and McLaurin are both probably better players than given credit for and McLaurin seemed to be progressing more at the end of the season. I think Day is going to start going downfield a bit more this season as he fully takes the reins. I think we are heading down the path of an Oklahoma style offense with Justin Fields and Day transition which should help the receivers in the future.
Redskins selected Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin with the No. 76 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
McLaurin (6’0/208) made 32 starts in the Buckeyes’ wideout corps, collecting a career 75/1,251/19 (16.7 YPR) receiving line while especially shining on special teams as one of the nation’s top punt gunners, where he collected 15 tackles and two fumble recoveries. More track guy than a target-commanding threat, McLaurin profiles similarly to old Saints WR Devery Henderson with blazing straight-line speed (4.35) but minimal nuance. He is unlikely to fix Washington's receiver woes, but he did play with first-round selection Dwayne Haskins in college.
Apr 26, 2019, 8:11 PM
10. I really like what the Redskins did this weekend, and not just because they picked two Buckeyes. But unbiased as I can be, I will say that I think, in 10 years, we’ll look back and see Terry McLaurin, the 71st overall pick, as one of this draft’s best values. He’s Matthew Slater as a special-teamer. He has real potential as a receiver. And as you could see in the video I tweeted out Saturday, he’s one of the best leaders in this draft class. Since that video elicited a big response from D.C., I figured I’d hit up Ohio State coach Brian Hartline about McLaurin in that regard. “After watching that video, and you can take this how you want, I think it’s important to say he’s not a huge vocal guy,” Hartline said. “But he always does it at the right time. That’s why everyone listens. And it just comes from such a genuine place—like with how excited he gets when someone else in his receiver room makes a play. That’s because he doesn’t lack confidence in himself, and he thinks cheering for his position group is good for everyone. He’s not threatened by anyone, because he has confidence in who he is and how he operates.” The other thing I asked Hartline about was how McLaurin continued to dominate on special teams as he improved as a receiver. “That’s because he cares,” Hartline said. “He cares to his core.” The Redskins are getting a stud.
Haskins' best highlight might've come early in 1-on-1 drills, where he lofted a high 30-ish yarder to Terry McLaurin for a score. McLaurin had broken free on a go-route and Haskins really couldn't have delivered it any better.
Speaking of McLaurin, you could've taken the numbers off of every wideout and still easily guessed he was the one who played college ball with Haskins. They were cooking in 1-on-1s.
Another tidbit on the Ohio State WR: In talking with him, you can really tell the pride he takes in doing things other than catching the ball. That's his reputation, and you understand why. "Anytime you step on the field, you should do everything that's expected you to the best of your ability," he said. "That's how you respect the game... I'm the type of guy who's willing to do anything for the team."
This stands out from the article:
McLaurin may not have been Haskins’ most productive receiver, but the pair were extremely efficient when working together. In total, Haskins targeted McLaurin 50 times throughout his career, which resulted in 36 receptions for 696 yards and 10 touchdowns. When targeting McLaurin, Haskins had a passer rating of 153.8, which is better than any other connection that Haskins shared with his teammates.
It’s a really small sample size and disproportionately weighted by his yards per catch. I’d be curious to know Haskins air yards to McLaurin because I suspect it’s quite high, which I further suspect is the result of deep go-route patterns they connected on.This stands out from the article:
Yes f course.It’s a really small sample size and disproportionately weighted by his yards per catch. I’d be curious to know Haskins air yards to McLaurin because I suspect it’s quite high, which I further suspect is the result of deep go-route patterns they connected on.
My fear with McLauren is he’s a one-trick pony and doesn’t have the skill set to develop into a reliable, volume option. But, as a spec investor, I’m hopeful my fears prove to be wrong.
I’m not *expecting* much, but as far as fliers go, I love some of the ingredients. Starting with his 4.3 speed and pairing that with what everyone says is this is just a high character kid. I know Matt Waldman and others are not super high on what he has shown on tape, but if he’s a good, hard-working kid, maybe he has the headspace and drive to develop the tools where he’s currently lacking.Terry reminds me a lot of Terry "rip" Glenn.
I will say this. I think Terry will be a better pro than college player. The offense at Ohio State complicates the evaluation process. The offense is more role oriented but I have seen Terry at times show being more a complete WR. Parris is much more than that Percy Harvin role too. I would factor in that these players are a bit better than given credit for. McLaurin might be more complete than Parris.
The potential for Terry is more 2nd round in rookie drafts than where he is going. I got him at 4.1 and believe me I feel he will outplay that draft position easy. A smart kid who is a 2x captain at OSU and hungry for success with the opportunity and familiarity with Haskins. Recipe for success.
Jay Cutler and Earl Bennett from Vanderbilt both ending up on the Bears. I recall reading that Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr are the only QB/WR combo to connect on a touchdown in high school, college and the NFL.Interesting matching up with your college QB. Any historical pairings of a WR and QB going to the same team and playing for a good duration?
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One player garnering buzz is rookie WR Terry McLaurin, who has impressed the coaching staff with his route-running & has proven to be a quick study (he’s already learned all the receiver positions. I’m told). He also has built-in chemistry with Haskins. He will help immediately.