We are just 13 weeks away from the start of the 2018 Ohio State Buckeyes football season!
With that being said, we continue our series on breaking down Buckeyes who could have a tremendous impact in the 2018 season and possibly hear their name called in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Last Saturday, we focused on WR Johnnie Dixon. This Saturday, we will focus on another athletic receiver looking to make a big leap in 2018, Terry McLaurin. In 2017, McLaurin was as efficient as anyone in the country with six touchdowns on only 29 receptions while gaining 15 yards per reception. Entering his fourth year and given his game experience, the Buckeyes will be relying on McLaurin to be a leader on the offensive side of the ball.
As a pro prospect, McLaurin has plenty of upside but will still need to improve in some areas. Listed at 6’1” and over 200 pounds, he easily checks the physical requirements for playing at the next level. He is also an excellent athlete with the speed to take the top off of a defense and has great foot quickness not many defenders can match.
Using his athleticism and foot quickness, McLaurin is great at creating separation from the defender when he is breaking out of his routes. Right now, he relies on that athleticism and quickness too much and would benefit from refining his routes just a little. By sinking his hips more and using subtle jab steps right before the break in the route, McLaurin could create even more separation from his defender.
Another thing McLaurin will need to work on is limiting the body catches. He has proven to be a reliable receiver for the Buckeyes over the years, but in the NFL where the windows are tighter and the defenders are quicker, even a few inches can make a difference.
Overall, McLaurin is a very interesting NFL prospect that exhibits the toughness, attitude, and athleticism to play at the next level. Like all receivers out of college, McLaurin is still raw from a technical standpoint and if he refines his route running and limits the body catches like I think he will, he should expect to be drafted in the 2019 NFL draft.
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