McLaurin is a former Indiana Mr. Football who stayed around Ohio State long enough that his time in Columbus dates to the Buckeyes' national championship season in 2014.
McLaurin was part of a deep group of pass-catchers at Ohio State, but he stuck around for five seasons -- he graduated with a degree in communications after 3 1/2 -- and became one of the Urban Meyer's favorite players. The now-former Ohio State coach raved that McLaurin was one of the hardest workers he had ever been around, quoted as saying, "I get carried away with guys like Terry McLaurin, guys who just go so hard."
McLaurin was fourth on the team last season with 35 receptions -- and he made those count. Those catches covered 701 yards and accounted for 11 touchdowns. He didn't miss a game in the past four seasons, starting 32.
He finished his Ohio State career with 75 receptions for 1,251 yards and 19 touchdowns, but that only begins to touch on his value. He was a two-time team captain, a feared special teams gunner and a devastating blocker in the run game. To wit: He didn't make a catch against Penn State last season but coaches still voted him their offensive player of the game because he wiped out three defenders with one block on K.J. Hill's game-winning touchdown catch.
McLaurin impressed during the week at the Senior Bowl and then posted a 4.35-second 40 time at the combine. His 37.5-inch vertical jump wasn't shabby, either. McLaurin made receptions on 13 of 26 contested throws last season, according to Pro Football Focus, which was the second-best rate among players (behind teammate Parris Campbell) who also ran a sub 4.4 40.
McLaurin can be a plug-and-play rookie on special teams, with the amount of playing time at receiver determined by improvement in his hands and his quickness to separate against tight coverage.
Projection: Fifth Round
--Field Level Media
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