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Terrance West, RB

School: Towson  |  Conference: COL
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 225 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.502.631.6116 33 1/210'0"--

Player Overview

Despite a productive high school career, West, who has an infant son, struggled to qualify academically out of high school and attended Fork Union Military Academy, but he left prematurely because he was too far from home.

He worked odd jobs while trying to walk on at Maryland or Clemson, but ended up walking on at Towson where he worked his way onto the field and rushed for 1,294 yards in a back-up role in 2011, setting the FCS freshman touchdown record (29).

West saw more playing time in 2012, but re-wrote the record books in 2013 as a junior when he finished with a FCS-record 2,509 rushing yards and 41 rushing scores, earning multiple All-American honors and finishing third in the voting for the Walter Payton Award.

Despite his numbers coming at the FCS-level, his career production is impressive with 4,854 rushing yards and 84 touchdowns in only three seasons, becoming a rare FCS underclassman to leave early. West is built very well and delivers hits with his natural power and initial momentum, staying light on his feet and finishing strong. He lacks elite athletic traits, but he is reminiscent of Joique Bell and fits a similar type of role where he can offer a nice power compliment.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Solidly-built throughout with good muscle build to shake off defenders. Smooth hips and lower body to stay balanced, working off and around blocks well with a good combination of power and foot quickness. Physical, tough and lowers his pads to finish through contact.

Good vision, patience and natural feel as a ballcarrier to press the hole and attack the line of scrimmage, following his blocks. Strong cuts and breaks tackles at all levels . A chore to tackle. Good speed and won't slow down at the second level with long strides in the open field.

Workhorse and wears down defenses. Catches the ball well (31 career catches). Strong work ethic and devoted to the game with his head on straight, keeping his eyes on the prize. Extremely productive career (led the team in rushing each of the last three seasons) and leaves Towson as the school's all-time leading rusher (4,854), setting FCS single-season records in 2013 for rushing yards (2,509) and rushing touchdowns (41).

WEAKNESSES: Tends to run too high at times and needs to consistently keep his pad level low and keep himself small at the line of scrimmage without slowing down. Makes too much contact with his blockers inside. Lacks elite speed to routinely win the edge.

Not much burst and needs a few steps to get his full momentum going. Runs hard, but lacks shifty, explosive feet or twitchy moves. Needs to improve his awareness in pass protection to gain better positioning and show better technique. Needs to hold the ball high and tight and will get sloppy in this area, especially in space. Didn't face top-flight competition each week at the FCS level.

--Dane Brugler

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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: CLEVELAND BROWNS: Round 3/94 -- Terrance West, RB, 5-9, 225, Towson...The Browns sent the San Francisco 49ers fourth- and sixth-round picks to move into the third round for West. He is a power runner who picks up most of his yardage between the tackles. West rushed for 84 touchdowns in three seasons -- 41 as a senior in 2013. - The Sports Xchange


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