04-22-2005, 12:27 AM
Rams select...Claude Terrell
OG | (6'2", 343, 5.38) | NEW MEXICO
04-24-2005, 11:54 AM
Strengths: Is an experienced lineman with adequate height and great bulk at the OG position. Is a proto-typical mauler with excellent upper and lower body strength. He has good technique, plays with leverage and will do a good job of bending at the knees. He takes good angles and is overpowering at the POA if he gets in position. He shows a jarring hand punch and the lower body strength to drive through his blocks and finish them off. Doesn't have great speed or mobility but has decent quickness and takes good angles on trap blocks, pulls and reach blocks. He anchors extremely well versus the bull rush. Has decent short-area quickness in pass pro and is extremely effective after he locks on.
Weaknesses: Is not a great athlete. Lacks the height and feet to play outside in the NFL. Needs to be protected inside at OG. Has decent short-area quicks, but struggles when forced to redirect quickly in space. Has short arms and would be a liability on the perimeter in pass pro in the NFL.
Overall: Terrell redshirted in 2000 and started 10-of-11 games as a redshirt freshman in 2001. He did not missed a start at the "strong" guard position from 2002-'03 and he moved from guard to tackle as a senior in 2004. Terrell has very good bulk and strength, and is a road-grader in the running game. Playing tackle as a senior helped his feet and gave him more versatility but Terrell does not have the height or athleticism to play on the perimeter in the NFL. Terrell has developed into an efficient pass blocker and one of the most dominating run blockers in this class. He doesn't have elite physical tools but he does have the potential to quickly become a starting OG in the NFL for a team that emphasizes the power running game, which is why he grades out as a late-Day 1 draft prospect.
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04-24-2005, 12:03 PM
Claude Terrell, OG+OT, New Mexico
Height: 6:02.2 Weight: 343
Overview: Terrell is a dominating drive blocker with the versatility to play both guard and tackle. He comes from a football-oriented family, as his father played linebacker at Texas Southern. The four-year starter worked hard to become one of the elite linemen in the nation. The 2004 team captain had a unique pre-game ritual in that he did not come out with the rest of the captains for the coin flip, but instead rallied the rest of the team with a pre-game pep talk in the stadium tunnel. Terrell met with the coaches in early March of 2004, prior to the start of spring practice, and agreed to move to strong tackle for his senior year to shore up the offensive line. He had to polish his technique, particularly in pass protection, but was dominant as always during the season, having dropped nearly 15 pounds during the summer to give himself more mobility on the edge. Terrell was a two-year starter at LaMarque (Tex.) High, where he graded 95 percent for blocking consistency en route to being named All-State and team MVP as a senior. The three-year letterman earned All-State and All-District honors his senior year, when he had 95 knockdown blocks. He was also named the team's most valuable player. LaMarque was 11-2 in 1999, losing in the state semifinals. The Cougars were 57-3 his four years there, including consecutive state titles in 1996-97. Terrell was an All-District and All-Conference choice in basketball, where he was a three-year letterman and also lettered in track. He graduated with a 3.8 cumulative grade point average and was a member of the Honor Roll all four years. He also served on the Peer Leadership Council. Terrell redshirted in 2000 at New Mexico, starting ten games at strong-side guard the following year, as he posted 86 knockdowns. In 2002, Terrell was named the team's outstanding lineman, as he appeared in all but seven offensive plays, registering 139 knockdowns in the process. He added another 125 knockdowns at strong-side guard in 2004, helping the team rank sixteenth in the nation in rushing. In his final campaign, he shifted to left tackle. While his production slipped a bit (104 knockdowns), he showed pro scouts that he could be capable of filling a variety of positions. In 51 games for the Lobos, Terrell registered an impressive 454 knockdown blocks during his illustrious career. Terrell is an excellent athlete who is deceptively quick for someone his size. He plays with tremendous leverage and has done a good job of trimming weight as he came to UNM at more than 350 pounds. He boasts impressive numbers in the weight room as well: 455 bench, 385 incline press, 301 power clean, 585 squat.
Analysis: Positives... Has a massive body, with a barrel chest, thick arms, wide hips, thick thighs and calves and a good bubble. ... For a player his size, he has decent quickness out of his stance and shows enough explosion and power to be effective for the running game. ... Will consistently deliver a powerful punch and flash explosion off the line. ... Comes off the snap flashing explosion and is combative with his hands in attempts to lock on and steer. ... Best when working in-line, as he has good leg drive to get out in front on traps and pulls. ... At the interior position, he seems to be able to get out of his stance quicker, resulting in better explosion and power for the running game. ... Does a much better job of moving the defender off the ball when lining up at guard, where he can use his excellent power and explosion to clear out rush lanes better. ... The thing you notice on film is his ability to keep his feet on contact and clear out an area on the double move. ... As a guard, he showed the initial quickness to drive, steer and suistain. ... Shows a wide leg base and good balance in the short area. ... Will tend to fall off blocks when redirecting to the edge (short arms, lack of feet), but when planting inside, he can wheel his hips and control the defensive tackles. ... As a guard, he shows aggressive cut blocking ability, decent knee bend, a strong and powerful hand punch and good hand placement. ... Seems to be much quicker to the inside cutoff position, but he can scoop to the outside when he stays at a good pad level. ... Keeps his feet and balance near the line, making good adjustments on the move for the short pull. ... When he hits you, you know it, as he has strong, powerful hands and gets very good placement when he snaps his hands off. ... Quick to recoil and reset, showing the ability to get underneath, lock on and steer. ... Has a lot of nastiness in his game when he comes to play. ... Not be the type to lunge or overextend to make the play (except when working in space), letting the defenders absorb into his body.
Negatives... Needs to get himself in better shape, as he has lots of softness around his midsection and shorter than ideal arms. ... Will never be confused for "Body Beautiful" and has had problems with his weight throughout his career. ... His wide, soft stomach makes it hard for him to get down in his stance properly. ... Has decent lateral movement for tackle, but lacks the foot speed to get to the edge to shut down the rush. ... While he possesses great body mass to anchor, he struggles vs. the edge rush. ... His wide waist prevents him from getting low enough in his pads and his feet seem to go dead when he has to get into the second level. ... Naturally strong, but when he plays too high in his stance, he loses some of his explosiveness. ... Adequate pass blocker as a tackle, as he will get high in his stance, causing defenders to walk him back. ... Best working near the line, as he has trouble pass blocking in space. ... When he gets too high in his stance, he pulls with marginal explosion on contact, relying more on his body to get in the way of the defender. ... In order to be successful here, Terrell needs to have a good path to get to his level two blocks. ... Is a good finisher, if he locks on and does take smart angles (just lacks the foot speed). ... Needs to play in a phone booth (stationary or short area) to be much more effective, as he struggles in space vs. the edge rusher due to his body structure and poor playing speed.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 5.19 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided)...5.31 40-yard dash (against the wind)...445-pound bench press...570-pound squat...301-pound power clean...24.5-inch vertical jump...7'10" broad jump...Right-handed...21/42 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 5.39 in the 40-yard dash...3.11 20-yard dash...1.9 10-yard dash...4.75 20-yard shuttle...8.17 three-cone drill...24.5-inch vertical jump...7'4" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times...31 3/8-inch arm length...9 -inch hands...23 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended LaMarque (Tex.) High, where he started on the offensive line as a junior and senior...Graded 95% for blocking consistency en route to being named All-State and team MVP as a senior...The three-year letterman earned All-State and All-District honors his senior year, when he had 95 knockdown blocks...Also named the teams most valuable player...LaMarque was 11-2 in 1999, losing in the state semifinals...The Cougars were 57-3 his four years there, including consecutive state titles in 1996-97...All-District and All-Conference choice in basketball, where he was a three-year letterman...Also lettered in track...Graduated with a 3.8 cumulative grade point average and was a member of the Honor Roll all four years...Served on the Peer Leadership Council.
Personal: Communications major with a Management minor...Graduated in December 2004...Is an intimidating, fiery player on game day, but very personable off the field...Wrote a column, "Inside The Trenches With Big C," for the Red Menace fan website...Nickname is Big C...Son of Claude and Yvonne Terrell...Father played outside linebacker at Texas Southern in 1974...Last name is pronounced TARE-ull...Became a proud father following spring practice when son Cade Elijah was born on April 19, 2004...Born Claude Edward Terrell on 4/20/82 in Texas City, Texas...Resides in LaMarque, Texas.
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