DJ Turner NFL Draft Prospect Profile

DJ Turner NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

  • 2021
  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • ACC
  • All-ACC
  • CGS
  • College
  • College Gridiron Showcase
  • DJ
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  • Gridiron
  • Kick
  • Kick Returner
  • Maryland
  • Maryland Terrapins
  • NFL
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  • Pitt Panthers
  • Pittsburgh
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  • Scouting Report
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  • Turner
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  • Wide Receiver
By Daniel Kitchen February 20, 2021 0 Comment
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DJ Turner is a 2021 NFL Draft WR Prospect

DJ Turner is a wide receiver from Pittsburgh, and a prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft. Turner spent his first four seasons at Maryland, before transferring to Pittsburgh as a graduate for his final year in 2020. He earned six starts and appeared in 11 games for the Panthers, after making the same number of starts and playing in 30 games with the Terrapins from 2016-2019.

In his six starts and 11 games with Pittsburgh, Turner caught 44 passes for 634 yards and three touchdowns, finishing second on the team in all three categories. Turner received 10 carries for 65 yards, and was the team’s primary return man. He returned 14 kicks for 311 yards (22.2 average), and 15 punts for 125 yards (8.3 average), and earned a selection to the All-ACC first team as a return specialist, finishing second in punt return and third in kick return average in the conference.

Turner was rated 200th out of 321 receivers in FBS by Pro Football Focus (minimum 29 targets, or 20 percent), with an overall Offense grade of 65.0 in 2020. He earned ratings of 67.0 Receiving (167th), 51.5 Drops (263rd), and 56.9 HandsFumble (240th). Turner was rated the 30th-best overall return man in FBS (75.1 overall grade) out of 216 graded. He was the 25th-best KR (out of 190 graded, 73.7 rating), and 25th-best PR (out of 130 graded, 73.9 rating).

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With Maryland, Turner caught 24 passes for 294 yards and a touchdown over four seasons, while returning three punts for 107 yards and a touchdown. His season-best totals came in 2018, making 13 catches for 159 yards and a touchdown in seven games.

In the NFL, Turner projects ultimately as a back-up receiver, with the ceiling of a No. 3 who can be a weapon in the slot for a team thanks to his speed, agility, and low center of gravity. He is an immediate candidate as a rookie to return kicks and/or punts, and a possible option for gadget plays or to see usage out of the backfield.

Scouting Capsule

DJ Turner Scouting Capsule

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements

At the College Gridiron Showcase, Turner measured in at a height of 5090 and a weight of 209 pounds, with 8 2/8″ hands, 28 4/8″ arms, and a 69 2/8” wingspan. At Pittsburgh, he was listed at 5’9″, 205.

Highlights

Positives

  • Carries very low center of gravity, uses to adjust quickly and avoid oncoming obstacles.
  • Fast, agile player. Will be able to make defenders miss in open field (more through left/right movement rather than purely with speed).
  • Constant on-field awareness, always cognizant of sideline and his proximity to it, where oncoming players are.
  • Uses low center of gravity to avoid sacrificing speed or momentum when making catch and transitioning to runner to get upfield.

Weaknesses

  • Tries to play too fast, will cost himself his balance trying to make multiple moves in succession, particularly eluding obstacles just after making reception.
  • Gets too low at moments, will lose balance and have to interrupt movement to reestablish himself.
  • Had multiple off-the-field incidents during his time at Maryland, including a DUI and using an airsoft gun on campus.

NFL Comparison

Ray-Ray McCloud III, Pittsburgh Steelers (2020-Present), Carolina Panthers (2019), Buffalo Bills (2018)

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