Former Clemson football star A.J. Terrell could have a chance to hear his name called by his hometown Atlanta Falcons in the 2020 April draft.
Terrell came to Clemson from Westlake High School, just outside of Atlanta. Over the years, Westlake has sent many former players to Clemson. Keith Adams in the late 90s, Kwam Williams in the early to mid-00s, and Darius Robinson. They also produced Top 10 picks like Adam Pacman Jones and Cam Newton.
Over the last decade, the Atlanta Falcons have had several former Clemson football products in Grady Jarrett, Vic Beasley, and Malliciah Goodman, so they understand what Clemson products bring to the table.
As the Falcons address holes in their roster during free agency, there is a great chance that they will draft a young corner with shutdown potential and that is exactly what A.J. Terrell is a young shutdown corner. Sure, people love to question the LSU national title game, but go back and watch it, Joe Burrow had to throw perfect balls to beat Terrell and when you add in uncalled offensive pass interference plays, there was nothing he could have done better.
Falcons general manager has already said that the Falcons are looking to trade back in the first round in this year’s draft and A.J. Terrell will more than likely be around in the 20-25 range on draft night which will be perfect for the Falcons.
Not only would Terrell get a chance to start his career at home, but he will also be close enough for Clemson fans to go check at Mercedes Benz stadium as well.
Players can go through a tough transition as they embark on an NFL career, regardless of when or where they are drafted but being able to go to a place you grew up in will give him a chance to cut out a lot of the stress that comes with moving to a new city that you are unfamiliar with. Sure other issues come along with going home, like money and ticket requests, but Terrell comes from a great family that will step in to stop that from happening.
Falcons need a corner and A.J. will be available, seems like a win-win if there ever was such a thing in the NFL.