Where does A.J. Terrell rank among top outside cornerbacks?

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The Atlanta Falcons had some of their fans questioning the decision to draft A.J. Terrell in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but two years removed from the selection, Terrell has proved the doubters wrong.

The former Clemson cornerback was one of Atlanta’s most productive defenders last season, finishing third on the team in total tackles (81), first in interceptions (3) and first in passes defended (16).

With his stellar second season in the NFL, TouchdownWire recently ranked him as the No. 4 outside cornerback in the league, putting J.C. Jackson, Jaire Alexander and Jalen Ramsey above the Clemson product.

Here’s what TouchdownWire’s Mark Schofield had to say about Terrell.

It was not the best of seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, who limped to a 7-10 record under first-year head coach Arthur Smith. But one of the few bright spots was the emergence of A.J. Terrell as a top-flight option on the outside. More than a few heads turned when the Falcons selected Terrell in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft, but that might have had more to do with recency bias than anything else.

Terrell’s struggles against LSU in the National Championship Game overshadowed what was a solid career in the Clemson secondary. After notching a single interception as a rookie, Terrell posted three interceptions along with 16 passes defended last season, earning himself a Second-Team All-Pro selection.

In his three years at Clemson, Terrell had a combined 101 total tackles, six interceptions and 13 pass breakups.

As Schofield mentioned, Terrell played arguably his worst collegiate game against LSU in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Despite the struggles in that matchup, Terrell has transformed into one of the NFL’s most reliable cornerbacks, and at age 23, he might just be getting started.