We are just about a week away from the 2021 NFL Draft and while teams have solidified draft boards to target specific team needs, fans know that teams don’t always follow the script. New Orleans Saints fans are widely expecting the Saints to address defensive needs in the draft, namely at the cornerback and linebacker position. However, if a talented guy like Terrace Marshall creeps in the 2nd round, the Saints should absolutely make a run at him. He would most assuredly provide a solution to a problem the Saints have been trying to solve for years, a true number 2 receiver.
Draft experts certainly have mixed feelings about Marshall as some mocks predict him as a first round pick while others see him sliding into the second round. The consensus is he will either be the 4th or 5th receiver taken, depending on how you may feel about Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman. Marshall’s measurables and film paint a picture with Top 20 talent however.
The 6’3 200 pound WR has comparisons to Julio Jones because of his height and speed. Marshall ran an impressive 4.38 40 at LSU’s Pro Day. That was the same 40 time as fellow teammate and potential Top 5 selection Ja’Marr Chase. On the field last season, Marshall produced at a high rate despite the turmoil LSU went through.
Terrace Marshall Jr. caught 82% of his contested targets last season.— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 22, 2021
Highest rate in College Football. pic.twitter.com/OpEouBnGW4
Marshall didn’t play the whole season after deciding to opt out after just seven games. He still caught 10 touchdowns and had 731 receiving yards despite the fact LSU trotted out multiple quarterbacks last season due to injury and porous play. Marshall would have much better continuity if drafted by the Saints.
With the offensive genius mind that Sean Payton has, finding matchups that favor Marshall’s physical abilities and speed won’t be an issue. Couple that with the fact that he could be paired alongside an All-Pro receiver in Michael Thomas and an All-Pro running back in Alvin Kamara, then this could be a frightening offense to try and defend. If Marshall slips out the first round and is near where the Saints pick in Round 2, the Saints should pull the trigger and go get Marshall no matter what it takes.
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