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2018 Maryland Terrapins prospect primer

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2018 Maryland Terrapins prospect primer

Below are the notable Maryland Terrapin prospects eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. The Terps enter this year looking for their first bowl victory since 2010; this team should certainly get a chance to go bowling in the winter. Maryland has a number of electric skill players and have a ton of senior leadership on defense.

Offense

Wide Receiver D.J. Moore – 5110, 215 – Junior

Moore is electric. He’s got some of the best run after catch work you’ll see thanks to sudden acceleration, fluid feet and vision that allows him to set up defenders in advance after he’s received the ball and turned up field.

Running Back Ty Johnson – 5100, 205 – Junior

Johnson was the team’s leader in yards from scrimmage but did so while sharing carries with last year’s super-freshman Lorenzo Harrison. While Harrison is more electric one on one with defenders, Johnson was one of the most dynamic big play runners last year thanks to his ability to work through contact, find the sideline and utilize some nice long speed.

Defense

Maryland LB/DE Jesse Aniebonam (41). (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire)

Defensive End Jesse Aniebonam – 6030, 260 – Senior

His production faded a bit down the stretch, so consistency is going to be a big key. In watching Maryland play against Minnesota last year, Aniebonam was negated when the Gophers went run heavy, so he’ll also need to reassure scouts that he’s not a one dimensional player (9.0 sacks in 2016).

Linebacker Shane Cockerille – 6020, 235 – Redshirt Senior

High motor WILL for the Terps, Cockerille lead the team in tackles last season. Cockerille also made a strong number of backfield plays, tallying 8.0 tackles for loss to go with 3.0 sacks.

Linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. – 6000, 235 – Redshirt Senior

Carter Jr. is a returning team captain and although he finished a few tackles behind Cockerille for the team lead it could be argued that Carter was the more valuable player. He posted 9.0 TFL and 6.0 sacks; he’s capable as a gap shooting tackler to disrupt backfield action.

Nose Tackle Kingsley Opara – 6030, 300 – Redshirt Senior

Defensive Tackle Cavon Walker – 6020, 280 – Redshirt Senior

Walker is built lean and will help anchor the interior along with Opara. The Terps front seven is loaded with seniors and their experience will make them one of the biggest strengths of the team.

Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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