2020 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions trade back in new 7-round mock

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A.J. Terrell, Clemson
Cornerback A.J. Terrell, Clemson (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

Pick Analysis. Clemson University. 35. 50. Scouting Report. Cornerback. A.J. Terrell. player

The Detroit Lions loaded up on defense earlier in the first round and don’t let up here either. After re-tooling the defensive line and adding a couple of pieces that can get after the quarterback, Bob Quinn and company take a cornerback from Clemson who excels in man-coverage, A.J. Terrell.

Terrell is best in man-coverage, as his footwork and athleticism allow him to stick to receivers. His eye discipline is good and he is good at tracking the football, letting him drive to the ball at the right moment, causing either a pass-breakup or interception.

In his three years at Clemson, two as a starter, Terrell amassed 107 tackles (showing he isn’t afraid to help in run support), 20 pass breakups, six interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

The Draft Network’s Joe Marino remarked the below when noting reasons why Terrell has an exciting ceiling at the professional level.

"“Possessing a loaded toolbox to excel in man coverage, Terrell is long, rangy and fluid … he is extremely sticky crowding routes in quick game.”"

Marino also mentioned that Terrell is adequate in zone-coverage and can find success there too. Adding Terrell to the secondary would give Detroit a young core with impressive versatility and a proven veteran in Desmond Trufant to lead them.