PROS: Terrific athlete with excellent pattern-matching skills, quick feet, clean transitions and fluid hips. Love how tight he plays in coverage, allowing little cushion and staying connected defending quick game. Finds consistent success in press coverage with excellent balance, patience, hand usage and willingness to crowd receivers in the contact window. Outstanding in click and close situations, driving forward on the football and being disruptive. Does well to play through the hands of the receiver to challenge at the catch point. Has the ideal size for the position and he transitions well for a taller corner. Effective leveraging outside releases, layering coverage and squeezing routes. Good eye discipline, showcasing the ability to read the backfield while remaining in phase. Long and rangy.
CONS: Only a modest tackler - want to see him more consistently wrap up. Frame is wirey. He’s a willing tackler but his hitting power and form has room for growth. As effective as he is driving forward and breaking on the football, I want to see him more confident attacking the football when opportunities are present. He leaves some meat on the bone going for tackles instead of picks that aren’t calculated risks. Can get a big handsy down the field. Loved to bait quarterbacks in college so he’ll need to be a touch more cautious with that in the NFL as he gets acclimated.
BEST TRAIT - Man Coverage
WORST TRAIT - Grabby Hands
RED FLAGS - None
NFL COMP - Dre Kirkpatrick
AJ Terrell leaves Clemson after three seasons, two of which came as a starter and demonstrated excellent growth throughout his career. Possessing a loaded toolbox to excel in man coverage, Terrell is long, rangy and fluid with good eye discipline to bait throws. He also finds considerable success in soft press coverage and he is extremely sticky crowding routes in quick game. Terrell does need to add play strength and become more consistent as a tackler, but he projects as a scheme-versatile starter with an overall exciting ceiling.