Player Capsule: Terrell Chatman
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 190 pounds
2016 season quick review: As a redshirt freshman in 2016, Chatman was a deep reserve at wideout. He played in three games and had no receptions.
SunDevilSource.com analysis: A former four-star recruit out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Chatman has had a quiet first two years in Tempe that belies his ample natural talent. Out of the 2015 recruiting class, Chatman is one of the players who has the biggest gap between his high potential and low production to this point. It's suggestive of the possibility of a creeping or explosive emergence on the playing field in coming years if Chatman fully buys into the process.
If the spring is any indication, Chatman is doing just that. There's been a sharp uptick in how Chatman's progress has been received by key onlookers. ASU coaches raved about Chatman's progress, with Todd Graham calling him one of the most improved players on the roster. First-year offensive coordinator Billy Napier and wide receivers coach Rob Likens have also been very intrigued by Chatman through 15 practices, and it's not surprising to hear.
At 6-foot-3 and 190 or so pounds, Chatman has a great blend of length and athleticism. He showed highlight reel capability on film as a high school player, and that's carried over to the practice field at ASU, albeit inconsistently. There are fleeting glimpses of what Chatman can be, and it's alluring. He's had more than a handful of diving and contorted grabs well downfield, showing the potential to be a vertical threat with size and big play-making potential. For a player who hasn't really seen the field in two years, Chatman has perhaps had more jaw dropping moments away from fans of anyone on the team.
Chatman has the gift of very good physical composure and ball skills when working down the field on longer-developing routes. These are assets that would be a shame to not be able to fully access due to being technically or physically raw and immature in other areas. Chatman has added a much-needed 15 pounds of body armor and a lot of foundational practice experience.
Chatman's got to work on the techniques that get him into routes more cleanly at the line of scrimmage, and show an increased physicality in doing so, especially with how he uses his hands. He has to better use his length as an asset early in a play, because he's very good at using it at the ball's arrival. He's got to be crisper with his footwork early in routes, and at reaching and transitioning at the right depth so that he finishes where he needs to be located, and does so on time. More than anything, Chatman has to continue to mentally mature and focus in from a consistency and habits standpoint. If he does these things, he has a chance to become a very good player at this level.
Projected depth chart status: This is where things get potentially tough for Chatman and will require perseverance. He's behind fellow sophomore N'Keal Harry at the 'X' position, which is where both players are best suited to play. Harry, of course, is ASU's top returning wide receiver and by a long shot. Chatman's going to have to show coaches that he's not only the best option behind Harry, but too talented to be kept out of the rotation. In order to accomplish this, he'll have to show fluency across all the wide receiver positions and an increasingly broad skill set. He might be able to make a dent in this regard in 2017, but it's still looking like Chatman is a longer-term play.