LSU Football: Perfect NFL landing spot for Terrace Marshall Jr

LSU Football WR Terrace Marshall Jr Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
LSU Football WR Terrace Marshall Jr Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

LSU football wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr is skipping his senior season to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

Marshall, who opted out of the 2020 season after playing in seven games, put up some impressive numbers this past season.

The Louisiana native caught 48 passes for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns. The reception and yardage totals were a career-best for Marshall, despite playing in only seven games.

Marshall is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, but he’ll inevitably be overshadowed by former teammate Ja’Marr Chase (who is expected to be a top 10 pick).

The perfect landing spot for the former LSU football standout

While Marshall likely won’t be a top 10 pick like Chase, he should still be a first-round selection (that’s where most mock drafts have him going).

I think Marshall is one of the more underrated players in the 2021 NFL Draft. He was the fourth or fifth option for the Tigers in 2019 (behind Chase, Justin Jefferson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Thaddeus Moss), yet he still managed to catch 46 passes for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns. Those numbers would’ve been good enough to lead several SEC teams in 2019.

This past season, Marshall was “the guy” after Chase opted out.

And he lived up to being “the guy” in the seven games he played.

Marshall’s 2020 numbers would extrapolate to 103 receptions, 1,566 yards, and 21 touchdowns over a 15 games season, putting him right there in the same neighborhood as Jefferson and Chase.

(Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider that Marshall was playing an SEC-only schedule.)

There’s a team in the bottom half of the first-round that could absolutely use an explosive player like Marshall.

The Green Bay Packers.

A lot of Green Bay fans wanted the franchise to take a dynamic wide receiver early in the 2020 NFL Draft. That didn’t happen (which isn’t a surprise, since Green Bay hasn’t selected a wide receiver in the first round since taking Javon Walker in 2002).

Marshall would be a tremendous weapon for Aaron Rodgers (or Jordan Love). And fans would definitely be excited if the Packers selected him with the No. 29 overall pick.

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Any NFL team would benefit from having Marshall on their roster — he’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball (just ask the defensive coordinators in the SEC).

But the Packers might be the team in the best position to draft the former LSU star.