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Only Florida’s CJ Henderson, who went ninth to Jacksonville, ran the 40-yard dash faster at 4.39 seconds.
The knock on Terrell, who was a four-star recruit, is that he gets too aggressive and grabs too much. This was the same problem that former Falcons cornerback Robert Alford had.
The Falcons must believe that new defensive back coach Joe Whitt can coach him out of that bad habit that could lead to penalties.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said they entertained moving up and had “loose discussions” with teams, but did not make any firm offers.
After Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah went to Detroit with the third pick and Henderson, there were differing opinions on who was the next best corner.
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In the AJC’s position by position series, Terrell was the sixth rated cornerback behind Okudah, Henderson, LSU’s Kristian Fulton, Alabama’s Trevon Diggs and Utah’s Jaylon Johnson.
Bob McGinn of The Athletic had Terell as the fifth rated cornerback behind Okudah, Henderson, Johnson and Diggs.
Dane Brugler’s NFL Draft Guide had Terrell rated sixth behind Okudah, Henderson, TCU’s Jeff Gladney, Diggs and Johnson.
But in the Falcons’ heart, he was No. 3 and so that took him.
The Falcons didn’t put much stock in the horrid showing that Terrell had against LSU in the national championship game.
Terrell appeared to have main responsibility on touchdown passes thrown to Ja’Marr Chase of 52, 56 and 14 yards.
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“No, that performance wouldn't have dissuaded us at all,” Dimitroff said. “(LSU QB Joe) Burrow obviously had a hell of a game, dropped the ball in a lot. There were a lot of opportunities there that they really capitalized on.
“We look at the full picture, as you can imagine. He had a great — very substantial game in the national championship the year before, Alabama game. He had a number of other games where he really stood out in our minds. So, one game (did) not dissuade us.”
You can’t teach big and fast, so the Falcons may have a pretty strong pick.
AJC’s 2020 POSITION BY POSITION DRAFT SERIES
Quarterbacks: Joe Burrow leads class | Top 10
Running backs: Cam Akers' life lesson | Top 10
Tight ends: Harrison Bryant top prospect | Top 10
Guards/Centers: Solomon Kindley a late-rounder | Top 10
Offensive tackles: Austin Jackson's life lesson | Top 10
Wide receivers: Jeudy or Lamb | Top 10
Defensive tackles: Brown, Kinlaw stand out | Top 10
Defensive ends: A 'generational' talent | Top 10
Linebackers: Simmons a position-less LB | Top 10
Safeties: Loaded with Georgia talent | Top 10
Special teams: Georgia's kick-centered | Return with flash | Top 10
Cornerbacks: Jeff Okudah a lockdown CB | Top 10
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