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With the 76th pick in the NFL Draft, the Redskins decided to focus on their much-needed depth at the receiver position, selecting Terry McLaurin. He may not be the biggest name at the position, but the pass catcher will have plenty to offer Washington. Here are five things to know about him:

1) He is a familiar face for new Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins

When Haskins gets to camp, he’ll already have chemistry with one receiver. The two were teammates at Ohio State, which is good news. What’s better news? McLaurin had his best season when Haskins was under center. During his senior season, he caught 35 passes for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns from the Redskins’ new QB.

Seeing Washington draft McLaurin has to make Haskins pretty happy. In fact, the No. 15 overall pick even sent out a wish to NFL teams asking for them to draft him and one of his collegiate receivers.

Consider that wish granted.

2) He is ready to do the dirty work

When you think of a receiver you immediately hone in on his route running, pass catching, speed among other skills. Those are all great, but some of the best receivers make an impact on plays that they aren’t primarily involved in with blocks. It seems like McLaurin is ready to do that, and takes pride in it.

3) He’s a deep threat

McLaurin may have only had 35 receptions in 2018, but he made the most of them. Averaging 20 yards per reception, there was no shortage of big plays when the ball was in his hands.

4) He could make an impact on special teams

McLaurin didn’t return many punts during his time at OSU (just one in four seasons), but he had experience with it in high school. Additionally, he spent time on the punt coverage team as a Buckeye, recording a few tackles each season. 

 

With his speed (4.35 40-yard dash), he could see time on special teams for the Redskins in addition to the work he gets as a receiver.

5) He was Mr. Football in Indiana

The state may be better known for its basketball, but that doesn’t take away from this accomplishment. During his time at Cathedral High School, McLaurin excelled on the field, helping him show up on Ohio State’s radar. 

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