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A.J. Terrell seems excited to land in Atlanta, while others are excited about his fit

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The new Falcons seems excited to be in Atlanta, and those inside and outside the organization seem excited to have him.

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Now that the initial shock has worn off and it has set in that A.J. Terrell really is an Atlanta Falcon, I thought you might like to hear a bit more about him from...well, A.J. Terrell himself. Also some analysts outside this fanbase who know his game pretty well, if that’s worth anything to you.

With that in mind, start your morning off right with a little Terrell knowledge and some glowing remarks from a man who apparently grew up wanting to be a Falcon. Let’s hear from the man himself a bit.

Now on to non-Terrell opinions of Terrell. First of all, here’s Thomas Dimitroff on Terrell. He obviously expects Terrell to be the #1 guy here right away, something Dan Quinn is likely to echo despite his outsized praise for Kendal Sheffield.

Here’s ESPN analyst and former NFLer Emmanuel Acho breaking down one play he clearly thinks is emblematic of what Terrell can be at the next level, noting his hand usage, tight coverage, and (to counter something Falcons fans have traditionally hated in their corners) his ability to turn his head and make a play on the ball. That’s exciting, at least.

Brett Kollmann, a former SB Nation writer and current film analyst who memorably savaged the Falcons pass rush last year, thinks Terrell is a stellar fit in Atlanta.

If nothing else, Terrell clearly is excited to be here.

Finally, I leave you with a nice scouting report from Alex Craft of Shakin’ the Southland, SB Nation’s Clemson site and probably the best single source on Terrell’s play over his entire career.

Terrell was the primary backup at Clemson’s premier boundary corner spot as a true freshman in 2017, started at field corner (our CB2) in 2018 and had the pick six on Tua, then took over at the premier boundary spot in 2019. His bad game against LSU was overblown; not to be “that guy” but Chase got away with OPI on at least one TD and he was stellar outside of a handful of plays. He took more snaps than anyone not named Isaiah Simmons and most crucially, provided the elite corner play Brent Venables needed to continually scheme up crazy mayhem.

To me he was no worse than the 3rd best corner in this draft class, and once Okudah and Henderson went in the top 10, it was clear to me he’d go by the time the Raiders made their second pick. I get why many Falcons fans wanted an edge rusher, but this was a much stronger corner class than edge class and the Falcons made the right pick based on their needs. He was the best corner available; a premium position in the increasingly spread NFL and a position of dire need. He’s lengthy, quick, and technically sound. I look for him to put on a bit more strength, which shouldn’t be difficult with his elite frame, and should be a plus contributor sooner rather than later.

None of this guarantees he’ll be a good fit here—as you’ll see a little later, the grades are all over the map for this pick—but I’m cautiously optimistic he’ll be at least a solid starter in 2020. Hopefully the Falcons have managed an unexpected but quality selection at #16, because lord knows the defense needs one.