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Terrion Arnold 2024 NFL Draft Profile

Terrion Arnold is a 6'0 189 pound corner with good frame, man to man skills while being physical in the run game.

Terrion Arnold NFL Draft Overview

Position: Cornerback
School: Alabama

Height:  6’0

Weight:  189 lbs

Age: 20 years old

Arm: 31 5/8″

Hand: 8 7/8″

40-yard Dash: 4.5 seconds

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Over a dozen defensive backs in the NFL come from the University of Alabama. Nick Saban is a former defensive back and takes pride in coaching defensive backs for the Tide. Next on the list is cornerback Terrion Arnold. Arnold was a five-star recruit out of Tallahassee, Florida. After redshirting his true freshman year, Arnold became a full-time role player for the Tide in 2022. In 2023, he became Alabama’s full-time starter at corner and had a heck of a season. The talented corner amassed 63 tackles, six and a half tackles for loss, and five interceptions. Arnold acquired All-American honors for his spectacular year and a first-round grade by many. Is he worth the hype? Let’s dig into the film!

2024 NFL Draft: Terrion Arnold Scouting Report

Arnold’s Strengths

  • Very good athlete with easy-moving fluid hips. Good backpedal and easily transitions to breaks on the ball in the air. He has the innate ability to sink his hips in one fluid motion and stay attached to the receiving target.
  • Has good speed to keep up with wide receivers downfield. He ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and played faster on tape. Good explosiveness, which matches the 37-inch broad jump and 10’9″ broad jump. Which allows him to be successful at attacking the ball in the air.
  • Plays for Alabama and Nick Saban automatically means taking tremendous pride in stopping the run. He’s not afraid to get physical and attack blockers to make tackles. Their high football IQ vs. the screen and quick game give them the ability to eliminate threats.
  • Has tremendous Versatility at the defensive back spot. It can cover the slot just as well as the outside. Very patient at the line of scrimmage and has the talent to be on an island in the slot
  • Has the mental makeup and confidence that you love to see from corners.

Arnold’s Weakness 

  • Although improved, he Is definitely better in man-to-man coverage than zone coverage. He gives up on many easy completions and is not as aggressive.
  • He plays too high when backpedaling, causing inconsistent breaks and transitions when playing off coverage.
  • Still young as a cornerback, with only one year of starting experience at corner.
  • He can get a little lazy with his technique.

Projection: First Round Pick

NFL Comparison: Jaylon Johnson

Best Fits: Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Houston Texans.

Bottom Line

Terrion Arnold is a number two corner in the NFL with improved technique and can become number one. He has fluid hips, good speed, physicality in the run game, and outside-inside versatility. These traits are what the NFL looks for out of their secondary players. My NFL Pro comparison is a young Jaylon Johnson from the Chicago Bears. Like Johnson, Arnold has 4.5 speed, fluid movement, and man coverage skills, but he needs to work on the zone. Also, he has some techniques that need fixing. Now Jaylon Johnson is about to get paid max money and one of the best corners in the NFL. Expect Arnold to follow a path.
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