Draft Profile: Ja’Marr Chase

February 15, 2021
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Ja’Marr Chase

LSU-WR, 6’0″ 208 Pounds

Strengths:

  • Size
  • Game-Breaking Speed
  • Athleticism
  • Smooth Route Running
  • Excellent Hands
  • Tracks and High-Points the Ball

Weaknesses:

  • Rust/Experience
  • Minor Character Concerns

Summary:

Chase was a top recruit coming out of High School. In his first season with the Tigers, he was part of a run first offense. He only had 23 catches for 313 yards. But, he was able to find the end zone three times.

In his second season, Chase became the most dominant receiver in college football. He helped LSU become National Champions. Also, he helped his quarterback Joe Burrow win the Heisman. Chase had 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. He would not be denied in finding the end zone on 24% of his catches.

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Play-maker Traits:

The first thing that pops out about Chase is his ability to get off the line of scrimmage. Chase has outstanding speed and separation. He may not have Henry Ruggs III speed in the 40, but on film you see game speed.

By Chase’s own admission he works extremely hard on route running between his freshman and sophomore year. He is sudden out of his breaks, extremely powerful running after the catch.

Chase showed he is very aware of tracking the deep all averaging 21.2 yards per reception his sophomore season. Even though he may not be the tallest receiver, he was excellent at 50-50 balls.

Downside:

Chase decided to sit out the 2020 season to prepare for the draft. This was after he was voted as a team captain and awarded the number seven jersey. If you are unaware, for the LSU Tigers the number seven goes to the team voted the best player.

Coming out of High School, Chase was committed to the Florida Gators, but pulled out to go LSU. Some of the negatives are just not picking in my opinion.

Draft Day:

Most likely Chase will be the top receiver taken off the board. I know people are high on DeVonta Smith, but Chase is more complete and a better route runner. The best-case scenario for Chase is number two, but he could fall to around the number seven pick.