No. 5 – LSU WR Terrace Marshall Jr.
Most people aren’t fans of the Washington Football Team picking a wide receiver in Round 1 after free agency, and I get it. The unit looks a lot stronger on the surface with Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries, and Cam Sims.
Having said that, the Washington Football Team could use more size and upside on the boundary. Humphries is mainly a slot receiver, and Samuel also figures to be used often in the slot, although his versatility will carry him all over the field. Nevertheless, the point stands: Washington could use another alpha on the edge, and Terrace Marshall Jr. is an underrated option at No. 19 overall.
It goes without saying that Washington could wait to pick a wide receiver, but Marshall does have an athletic profile worth considering. Marshall stands at around 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, and he logged a 4.4 40-yard dash, a 39-inch vertical, and a 125-inch broad jump at his pro day. He also earned 19 bench reps, alluding to plus play strength on the perimeter.
Marshall is explosive, fast, and strong, and he also offers excellent body control and ball tracking ability downfield. On top of his big-play ability, Marshall can also come away with tough catches in the short and intermediate ranges, and he has the quickness and agility to become a very good route runner in time.
Taking all this into consideration, Marshall could ultimately be acquired with a trade back in the first round. One other receiver who wouldn’t be available with a trade back is Jaylen Waddle. I didn’t list him here, but if Waddle falls to No. 19 — by any chance — Washington should be compelled to take him.