NFL teams meeting with individual players are a significant part of the draft process. These meetings can happen at the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine Bowl or a private workout.
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven’t met with? Yes, they do. It happens all the time (like Lamar Jackson), but they have often spoken to other players at that position.
Who have the Baltimore Ravens met with so far? Well, WalterFootball.com usually has a good list, but with the state of the world as it is, it has become a tad tougher to find those tea leaves.
So far, teams have had access to players at the Senior Bowl and through Zoom Meetings. Therefore, I am going to profile players you should know and that the Ravens could select in the 2021 draft. Next up is LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. Let’s get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape
Weight: 200 pounds
Strengths: Size and speed; has solid hands; terrific after the catch (can make defenders miss); plays hard and has quick feet; runs routes well and is technically sound in those routes, especially off the line of scrimmage; can line up inside or outside.
Areas For Improvement: There are some injury concerns with his foot dating back to 2019. I saw more drops in 2020 than I expected or wanted to see. Blocking is not his strong suit, but the effort is there. He’s more quick than fast early in his routes, but once he builds up, he’s fast. It just takes a moment to get there.
Other Notes: He had 13 and 10 touchdown catches in 2019 and 2020, respectively, despite only playing seven games in the latter season. He averaged more than 100 yards a game in 2020 and had a 14.9 yards-per-reception average during his last two years at LSU.
NFL Player Comparison: On the super high side, he is Michael Thomas, which is a lofty comparison. A more reasonable comparison may be Marvin Jones Jr.
Draft Projection: Marshall should hear his name called in the 25-to-45 pick range in the upcoming NFL Draft.
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