Player Profile: Ja’Marr Chase

Height: 6’1”
Weight: 205 lbs
School: LSU

Why you’re drafting him…

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Ja’Marr Chase play in an actual football game, obviously due to his decision to opt out of the 2020 college football season, but his decision was a relatively easy one… he had very little left to prove. In 2019, as a true sophomore, Chase was LSU’s top playmaker on a record-setting offense finishing with 84 receptions, 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s ultimately the complete package when you’re judging a wide receiver making the college-to-pro transition. Reliable hands, solid route runner, wins contested catches, tracks the deep ball exceptionally well, doesn’t have any issues with press coverage at the line of scrimmage; he truly does everything you ask of a wide receiver at the next level, and he does them very well. He’s not the type of receiver that’s going to absolutely blow up the NFL Combine with his metrics (even though he’ll still do very well), but you know exactly what you’re getting out of him from day one – and that’s a wide receiver that’s going to compete on every play and let his performance blow you away rather than sexy combine numbers

Needs to improve…

He’ll improve overall as he learns the nuances of the NFL, but there’s not one aspect to his game where you’d say he absolutely needs to improve before he can be a star at the next level. Becoming as consistent as possible as a pass catcher is taking the easy way out since you can say that about nearly every wide receiver prospect, but that’s about all there is when it comes to nitpicking Chase

Prediction for 2021 NFL Draft…

Conservatively, Chase will be a top-three wide receiver off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, I feel pretty confident in saying that he absolutely will be the top WR selected. We’ve seen receivers slide a little bit further into the first round than what most mock drafts project them (most recently last year with the likes of Jerry Jeudy & CeeDee Lamb), but it’s hard to imagine Chase making it out of the top 10. The top five may be too early, mostly due to the teams drafting there having more pressing needs, but Chase should hear his name called anywhere between the 3-8 pick range

Dynasty fantasy football spin…

Most dynasty leagues will see the top running backs go off the board first, but Chase seems destined to be the first receiver to go, likely around the 1.03 draft slot. Regardless of which team selects Chase, you’re looking at a player that should contribute from day one. The only thing stopping Chase from being the 1.01 is the scarcity of top RB’s in fantasy football. Chase will be a plug-and-play option for the next decade plus, so don’t overthink it on draft day; draft him with 100% confidence

Check out Matt Hicks of the NFL Draft Bible on Sports Illustrated break down Ja’Marr Chase with the guys on the Loaded Box Podcast (Chase discussion starts at the 5:10 mark of the episode)

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