The latest mock from CBS Sports gives the Chiefs offense another elite weapon in Terrace Marshall, Jr.
Last spring, the Kansas City Chiefs made the decision to address other (and greater) perceived needs on their roster in order to grab the first running back in the 2021 NFL Draft. At No. 32 overall, the Super Bowl champs picked LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and made defensive coordinators all over the NFL groan in disgust as the league’s best offense added yet another weapon.
If the latest mock draft from CBS Sports writer Chris Trapasso comes true in 2021, the Chiefs are going to follow suit with another offensive phenom for Patrick Mahomes to target. Trapasso has the Chiefs selecting another Louisiana State University product in wide receiver Terrace Marshall, Jr. at the bottom of the first round. He writes: “It would be so Chiefs to pick another offensive weapon early. Marshall is a big body who can fly.”
Marshall certainly looks the part as a pro-ready NFL receiver. He stands 6’3″-plus and is a big, physical target who could replace Sammy Watkins in the Chiefs offense, assuming the former first round pick chases the money in free agency that the Chiefs likely cannot provide. At some point, the Chiefs will have to wave goodbye to some important parts, and Watkins’ restructured deal to bring him back for one more year makes him a likely candidate to leave.
The last two seasons have provided quite a learning curve for Marshall, Jr., from winning a title with Joe Burrow and Edwards-Helaire in 2019 to being buried in the SEC in 2020. However, whether LSU is atop the rankings or struggling for relevance, Marshall has been a consistent offensive force all the while.
In 12 games during the team’s national championship run, Marshall was part of a greater whole and added 46 catches for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns. This season, in only 7 games and as the primary target, Marshall has 48 catches for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns. Even as defenses key in on him, Marshall is still moving chains and getting open in the red zone.
Marshall has already declared for the NFL Draft and Mel Kiper has him as the No. 4 overall wide receiver available in the draft class. Of course, all of that can and will shift in the pre-draft season, but a physical receiver with such great hands is going to make waves for the Chiefs and allow an already potent offense to remain that way for years to come. There are other needs but adding Marshall, Jr. to the Chiefs offense would continue to fuel the fire that keeps this train moving.