2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Virginia Tech WR Tre Turner

After accepting an invite to the 2022 Senior Bowl, former Virginia Tech wide receiver Tre Turner has effectively declared for the NFL Draft. Furthermore, he recently announced that he would be skipping the bowl game, opting to prepare for the 2022 NFL Draft instead. Where does the former Hokies wideout succeed? Where does he fail? In this 2022 scouting report, we’ll breakdown where Tre Turner fits in the NFL, as well as how his skills and abilities will translate to the next level.

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Tre Turner 40 Time

If invited to the NFL Combine look for Turner to post a more than adequate 40 yard dash time. At Virginia Tech, this was often his best weapon as he was routinely used on jet sweeps and screen passes in order to get his speed into the open field. This speed pops up often on tape as well. As such, expect Tre Turner to clock a 40 time at around 4.45 in the drill.

 

Tre Turner Injury History

Tre Turner has a very bizarre injury history. Firstly, he suffered from what was described as a respiratory injury in 2021. Head Coach Justin Fuente said, “There’s some air in his neck that’s for lack of a better term trapped in there from a hit that he took.” Of course, this is a very fluke injury that, hopefully, Turner will never have to deal with again.

More worrisome is the plantar fasciitis that he dealt with in 2020. Never an easy injury to recover from, Turner now wears fitted soles on his cleats to help combat the issue. He also had surgery on his hip in the 2021 off-season to fix a hernia suffered during the 2020 season.

 

Tre Turner Scouting Report

Pros
  • Run After Catch Ability
  • Body Control
  • Long Frame
Cons
  • Separation
  • Releases at the LOS
  • Raw Route Running Ability

Tre Turner is a four-year contributor for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Turner is a wide receiver for the Hokies that typically plays as an outside playmaker. He possesses good height for the position, but is a bit underweight when compared to the league average. His projected 40 time of 4.45 is solid.

Turner is an interesting wide receiver prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft. With just 2,292 yards in his four years at Virginia Tech, he was never a dominant receiving option. However, he was a big part of what the Hokies did offensively due to his ability in the open field. Often deployed on jet sweeps, tap passes, and screen plays, Turner is dynamic in the open field. At 6’2″ he is plenty big enough to win contested catches even if he did not have many opportunities to do so. I would not be surprised to see him become a quality special teams player in the NFL. 

The biggest weakness in his game is his inability to consistently get open down the field. Of course, this will only get harder in the NFL. Turners’ struggles with getting open often stem from his poor releases at the line of scrimmage. This carries over to his overall route running ability. While at Virginia Tech, Tre Turner ran a very limited route tree it makes sense that he would be raw in this aspect. 

 

Tre Turner NFL Draft Projection

As mentioned, Tre Turner will be attending the 2022 Senior Bowl. This will be huge for his NFL Draft stock as currently, he is a likely day three selection with the potential to be a UDFA. As mentioned, the inability to get separation down the field will hurt him. Alas, we have seen a good performance at the Senior Bowl elevate a draft stock in the past. Look at what it did for current Washington Football Team wideout Terry McLaurin. A likely selection on day three, Turner would fit an offense like the San Francisco 49ers or Arizona Cardinals that emphasizes getting the ball to wideout in creative ways.

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