Day 1 prospect: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
Hidden behind the star wide receivers of the 2019 LSU offense J’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, Terrace Marshall Jr. had a limited role as a sophomore. Despite a limited role, Marshall took advantage of his opportunities hauling in 46 receptions for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns in 12 games. His mixture of size, speed, physicality at the catch point, and strength made him a problem for opposing defenses.
Marshall was a go-to weapon in the red-zone for Joe Burrow with his ability to win contested situations. Listed at 6’3″, he showed outstanding vertical explosiveness, a good understanding of how to position himself between the defender and the ball, and an alpha mentality at the catch point. Outside of the red zone, most of his work came on vertical stems that helped stretch out opposing defenses.
In 2020, Marshall took over as the top receiver in the LSU offense. With nearly the entire LSU offense leaving for the NFL or opting out of the season, including offensive assistant Joe Brady, it was unclear what the expectations were for the Tigers. The additional roles were not too much for the new receiver one, however.
Playing from both the boundary and the slot, Marshall put together some monster games to start the season. He’s proven the ability to make plays from all three levels of the field, proving he’s not just a vertical threat. His variety of release packages mixed with his size and strength allow him to get off the line of scrimmage and not be bullied early in his route by aggressive defensive backs. He showcases the mental processing to change his releases against different coverages to set up his break at the top of his route.
Due to a couple of games where he seemed to take a step back in the production department right before his final game at LSU, Marshall could find himself right between Day 1 and Day 2. With the Chiefs sitting near or at the very end of the first round, he could be a viable option to give Mahomes another big, reliable target. Without Burrow and five fewer games, Marshall still managed to outproduce his 2019 outing with 48 receptions for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns.