LSU Football: Terrace Marshall compared to former Tigers teammate

LSU football WR Terrace Marshall Jr(Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
LSU football WR Terrace Marshall Jr(Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

While NFL scouts are salivating over Alabama’s Devonta Smith and LSU football‘s Ja’Marr Chase — the likely first two wide receivers selected in the 2021 NFL Draft — there’s another draft-eligible junior who could be in line for a huge rookie season.

Tigers wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr.

Marshall has been overlooked the last couple of seasons due to playing in an offense that’s been loaded with talent.

While attention has been focused on Chase and others, Marshall has quietly been one of the best wide receivers in the SEC over the last two years (Marshall has 23 touchdowns in the last two seasons).

Marshall will likely be a late first-round pick in the upcoming draft. And whichever team drafts him will be getting an absolute steal.

Terrace Marshall compared to former LSU football teammate

One thing that draft scouts love to do is create NFL “comps” for players.

SB Nation’s Baltimore Ravens site recently made a pro comp for Marshall, and it’s one that will feel very familiar to LSU fans.

According to SB Nation’s Joshua Reed, the pro comp for Marshall is former Tigers wide receiver Justin Jefferson.

I don’t think this is a perfect comp, but I can see it. Marshall and Jefferson are both incredibly versatile wide receivers. They can each play either inside or outside. Marshall can stretch the field better, while Jefferson is more of a “volume” guy.

“The strongest comparison between the two is their versatility to be just as dynamic in the slot as they are out wide,” writes Reed.

“Last season was Marshall’s first working out of the slot and he was on pace to have just as prolific of a season as Jefferson had in 2019,” added Reed.

Jefferson, who was selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, is coming off one of the most impressive rookie seasons of all-time (88 receptions for 1,400 yards), so I’m sure Marshall will take this comparison any day of the week.

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I doubt Marshall has the same type of offensive output as a rookie as Jefferson did, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he breaks 1,000 yards in his first season in the NFL.