Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell is coming off a break out season in 2021 in which he was considered the No. 2 graded cornerback by Pro Football Focus (PFF).
But are other media outlets started buying stock on Terrell?
Mark Schofield of USA Today is certainly a fan. He ranked Terrell No. 4 among ‘outside’ cornerbacks for Touchdown Wire on Monday only behind Jalen Ramsey (Rams), Jaire Alexander (Packers), and J.C. Jackson (Chargers).
“It was not the best of seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, who limped to a 7-10 record under first-year head coach Arthur Smith,” wrote Schofield. “But one of the few bright spots was the emergence of A.J. Terrell as a top-flight option on the outside. More than a few heads turned when the Falcons selected Terrell in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft, but that might have had more to do with recency bias than anything else.”
“Terrell’s struggles against LSU in the National Championship Game overshadowed what was a solid career in the Clemson secondary. After notching a single interception as a rookie, Terrell posted three interceptions along with 16 passes defended last season, earning himself a Second-Team All-Pro selection.”
“It may have been a surprise that Terrell came off the board when he did, but after last season, any doubts should be put to rest.”
I’ve had plenty to say about former general manager Thomas Dimitroff, but Terrell was a parting gift in his last draft.
Terrell should have been a Pro Bowl selection in 2021, and he’s getting the recognition this preseason that he earned last year. If he can build on his 2021 campaign, Terrell has a chance to not just make his first Pro Bowl, but to also be All-Pro… first team… after a second-team selection in 2021.