No Major Injury History
Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Oregon State
Quick twitch in open space, burn away deep speed that leaves cornerbacks in the dust, and tremendous hands when he trusts them. McLaurin has elite speed, and has great vision for the football field as he knows where to go and where to make defenders miss whether that's as a wide receiver or a return man. He's physical and has clean feet are clean which gives him the potential to be a great route runner at the next level.
Doesn't always trusts his hands. He gets into a bad habit where he catches the ball with his hands. McLaurin doesn't have elite quickness coming off the line of scrimmage, and he lacks sudden movements to get away from tight coverage.
Terry McLaurin is a dual threat receiver. He can line up on the outside, just as well as he can be productive in the slot. He has reliable hands, terrific in open space, and has tremendous ball tracking skills mixed with break away deep speed that creates separation. At the next level, McLaurin's versatility is going to be what NFL teams love about him. He can be a solid everyday receiver who's great in space and is always a threat to make a big play, or he can be an elite playmaker on special teams. I wouldn't be shocked at all if some of the bright head coaches in the NFL use him at running back because he has physical traits, and also a burst when he goes down the field. A dynamic football prospect that is getting overlooked in more ways than one.
McLaurin does a great job balancing his agility and quickness in space and whenever he finds himself in trouble when he looks like he's down on the play. A very good flexible talent that can do it all whether it's running on special teams or out of the backfield, as well as catching the deep ball. McLaurin is great at changing direction because of his experience as a return specialist. He sees the field differently, and when at Ohio State, they ran a lot of the same short routes, and that's where he made big plays.
Doesn't show immediate explosion coming off the line of scrimmage, but his speed and explosion builds up as he's running deep. Deep speed is exceptional. He doesn't have that elite burst, but down the field he gains speed, and becomes an excellent ball tracker.
Route Tree Variety
Big Play Ability
Doesn't have the elite quickness and acceleration coming off the line of scrimmage, but he gives a good physical press and pop coming off the line of scrimmage. Physical enough to break out of jams given by cornerbacks and he's also twitchy enough to slip out of tight coverages. Not polished as a route runner because at Ohio State the routes are very repetitive, but he does have great ball tracking ability with build up speed. Physicality and build up speed helps him create separation. Getting pressed and beaten early can hurt him at the next level. The effort is there but he wasn't really a factor in the blocking game.
High Points Ball
Even though he has a tendency to catch the ball with his body he still shows very dependable hands. He catches whatever you throw at him, and that became clear as he caught 71% of balls thrown to him. He has quickness and twitchiness that go well with each other and could make him a dangerous playmaker in space as a receiver and a return specialist. McLaurin has elite speed where he can run right by you, and quick ankles where he can put you on skates. On offense and on special teams he's a big play waiting to happen in space. Solid ball security. Needs to make cleaner catches, but when the ball is in his hands it rarely comes out.
Run After Catch
He can go at it with the toughest corners in college. College corners would challenge him with a physical press and a solid first punch, and McLaurin would give it right back to him. He doesn't back down. Ohio State has many receivers, and many targets. They spread the ball out everywhere so rarely do you see one position player dominate the game. When McLaurin had his moments he flashed greatness. High motor and he's always coming to play football no matter where you put him.
McLaurin has a good feel for what cornerbacks are going to do in coverage. He's able to win the leverage battle, and put corners out of position so it's easier for him to make a play. Finds a way to get open for his quarterback and finds a way to get to open space. His versatility in being a reciever and a return specialist will make him a valuable asset at the next level. Having elite quickness and speed will make it easier for him to transition all over the field.