With the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bengals draft Ja’Marr Chase, wide receiver out of LSU. Let’s get one thing out of the way, Ja’Marr Chase is a fantastic player. One of the best in the draft obviously. Bengals fans will wonder though if it was smart to take a receiver over a much needed offensive lineman.
Ja’Marr Chase Highlights
Ja’Marr Chase NFL Draft Profile and Stats
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 208 lbs
College: LSU Tigers
Ja’Marr Chase 2019 Stats
Receiving Yards: 1780
Yards per Reception: 21.2
Ja’Marr Chase Draft Profile
- Go-to target for Joe Burrow in his Heisman season
- Set single season SEC record for receiving yards and touchdowns as a sophomore
- Good hands
- Terrific route running and explosiveness
- More than capable blocker
- NFL size and athleticism
- LSU offense was stacked in 2019
- Can he replicate the success more than one season?
- Runs routes upright at times
- Has hard time with tight press coverage
What to Expect From Ja’Marr Chase in 2021
Ja’Marr Chase will immediately step in and be a big time playmaker for this Cincinnati offense. He is reunited with his college quarterback in Joe Burrow and will likely supplant Tyler Boyd as the bonafide #1 target in Cincinnati. He should be able to get started quickly as his speed and chemistry with Burrow will certainly help him hit the ground running. He is pro ready and can make an impact immediately.
The question with the Bengals here is why Chase? Their offensive line was absolutely horrific and was mostly to blame for Joe Burrow’s horrible leg injury this past season. It is great for the Bengals to have another big play threat, but at what cost. It doesn’t matter who you have at receiver if your quarterback is getting killed by the defense. Chase’s output will solely depend on how good the quarterback position, whoever that may be, can play behind this porous offensive line.