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Everything you need to know about Terry McLaurin from the 2019 NFL Combine

Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin 2019 NFL Combine results and draft projection

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Every Ohio State fan knows that Terry McLaurin is a game-changer and perhaps one of the most clutch receivers during the Urban Meyer era in Columbus. While the offensive scheme run with J.T. Barrett at quarterback — and the ridiculously deep wide receiver room with Dwayne Haskins under center — never really allowed McLaurin to put up the gaudy stats that he was probably capable of, he has the ability to be a contributor at the next level.

McLaurin’s reliability catching the ball — and as a special teams dynamo — have made him an interesting prospect for NFL front offices, especially after McLaurin lit up the workouts at the Senior Bowl. Meyer often praised McLaurin’s leadership, both as a wide receiver and a member of the team’s special teams’ units.


Scouting Report

Here’s what the pros are saying in his NFL Combine Scouting Report:

Overview

Wide receiver with good size, average tape, a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and a special teams pedigree. McLaurin is faster than quick, but he’s a detailed route runner who leans on physicality at the top of his route to beat handsy cornerbacks across their face. He will need to improve his ball skills and body positioning if he wants to win contested catches on the NFL level. He has the talent to be an NFL backup and his talent as a gunner could help him see the field quickly on special teams.

Strengths

Adequate size and speed combination outside

Quick lateral step and hand slap to beat press

Routes offer some detail and signs of polish

Good feel for leveraging cornerbacks out of position

Crisp angles out of stems and breaks

Physical at the top of his routes

Finds open spaces in scramble situations

Talented gunner with build-up speed and ball-tracking

Ate up one-on-one matchups throughout the week at Senior Bowl

Weaknesses

Has build-up speed, but lacks early acceleration

Body catcher with below-average extension and high-pointing

Will need to intensify pace of his routes as a pro

Long strides hinder short-area work underneath

Lacks suddenness to separate from tight man

Below-average blocker and willingness to do so

Doesn’t create yards after catch with wiggle and needs it in stride

Comes in hot and runs by special teams tackles


Measurements

  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 208 lbs.
  • Hand size: 9 1/8”
  • Arm length: 31 1/2”

Combine Results

Bench press: 18 reps

40-yard dash: 4.36 unofficial | 4.39 unofficial

Vertical jump: 37.5 inches

Broad jump: 125.0 inches

20-yard Shuttle: 4.15 seconds

Position drills:


Interview Notables and Quotables

audio courtesy of LGHL’s Alexis Chassen


Draft Projection

For much of his career in Columbus, McLaurin felt like a secret weapon for the Buckeyes. While he rarely had the dazzling, highlight plays, he was one of the most constant, reliable receivers in recent OSU memory.

McLaurin had a tremendous week at the Senior Bowl in January, which has raised his profile amongst scouts. His projection is tough to pin down right now, as scouts said that his route-running was much better at the Senior Bowl than it was in his collegiate film.

If he can continue to impress with both his athleticism and refinement, McLaurin could end up as a Day 2 draft pick. His special teams proficiency will also be valuable when NFL teams evaluate him.