18 Sep 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

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Junior | 6′ 1″, 200 lbs | March 1, 2000 | Harvey, LA

A gifted all purpose receiver with breakaway speed, large catch radius, and big play ability.

The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner and Unanimous All-American is coming off of possibly the greatest single season ever for a college WR… and he can’t even order a beer. After a relatively productive freshman season in which he was 2nd on the team in receptions and 3rd in receiving yards, Chase came to play in 2019. The former 4 Star recruit out of Archbishop Rummel High School lit the SEC on fire as a member of the National Champion LSU Tigers, and looks to solidify his spot as the #1 WR in the 2021 Draft Class with a productive 2020 season.

Strengths:

  • RAC ‘Em Up: Elite with the ball in his hands
  • Big Play Machine (See: 20 TD, 1,700+ yards)
  • Gains separation via release and speed
  • Deadly on short and medium routes
  • Can go over the top
  • High level of body control/awareness
  • Soft hands that can pluck and snatch the ball, rarely letting it get into his body
  • Can find openings in zone coverage and exploit them
  • Can catch in traffic and when contested

Areas to Improve:

  • Runs good routes, but could be crisper
  • Work stems more in his routes, flashes the ability to do so
  • More effort/strength when blocking

Injury Concerns:

  • Suffered sprained PCL during senior season in HS

Way Too Early Projection:

Chase will almost certainly be the first receiver to come off the board in 2021. Where exactly that will be in the first round will be determined by draft order and team needs, but don’t be surprised if he’s gone before Pick 6. His versatile route tree and RAC ability will be highly valuable with any NFL franchise, and the fact that he isn’t undersized doesn’t hurt either.

What to Watch For:

The main question revolving around Chase is: Can he be just as dominant without Joe Burrow throwing him the ball and Joe Brady calling the plays? While there is a possibility for some regression after a prolific season like 2019, there is no reason to think that Ja’Marr Chase will not be impressive in 2020. Barring a catastrophic season on his part, or another prospect (à la Justyn Ross, Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith) having a 2020 like his 2019, Chase should hear his name called before any other WR in 2021.

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