Ja’Marr Chase NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile: 1st-Round Grade, Odell Beckham Comp
This is The Game Day’s Ja’Marr Chase NFL Draft Prospect Profile. After you read our Ja’Marr Chase Scouting Report, Marcus Mosher’s first 2021 NFL Mock Draft for Round 1 and see where Chase is predicted to be selected.
Ja’Marr Chase NFL Draft Prospect Profile
Ja’Marr Chase Draft Prospect: Bio & Measurables
- School: LSU
- Class in Final Season: Junior
- Age on NFL Draft Day: 21
- Height: 6-foot
- Weight: 208 lbs.
Ja’Marr Chase: Scouting Report
- Crisp route-runner with a strong release
- Elite production in sophomore season
- Ability to use speed and elusiveness to rack up yards after the catch
- Can line up out wide or in slot
- Does not have elite size
- Opted out of junior season, maybe raising some concerns about NFL readiness
- Played in a stacked offense at LSU, which may have elevated his production
- Sometimes has minor issues with drops
Ja’Marr Chase NFL Outlook
Chase had a breakout season in his sophomore year, putting up 84 receptions for 1,780 yards (21.2 Y/R) and 20 touchdowns.
Chase projects as an alpha WR1 with the ability to do it all on the field. He has good speed and burst to run away from defenders. He’s also a terrific route-runner with excellent hands and a strong release to separate from press coverage. Chase can make big plays after the catch and line up out wide or in the slot.
While some might knock Chase down their WR rankings due to his opt-out, this is a player who broke out at 19 years old. He was able to put up elite numbers despite sharing targets with standout 2020 rookie Justin Jefferson. He has the look of the top wide receiver in this class.
Chase boasts the ability to become the top option on his new team from Day 1. In fact, he reminds me of another star wide receiver from LSU.
Ja’Marr Chase NFL Comp
Odell Beckham Jr: Chase has similar measurables to Beckham. Both wide receivers have good speed with the ability to make plays after the catch.
They are able to play all over the field, whether in the slot or on the perimeter. Both players also have the ability to release from press coverage. OBJ was faster coming out of LSU, but Chase has better college production. Chase is the superior prospect and definitely has the upside to reach OBJ’s level in the NFL.
Ja’Marr Chase 2021 Draft Team Fits
The Dolphins are on the right track, but they need to find a top wide receiver to help out sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. DeVante Parker (if he’s kept instead of being cut during an out year in his contract) and Preston Williams would form a solid duo, but Chase would give the team an alpha WR1.
Adding Chase would create a nice skills group that includes Parker and Williams, along with TE Mike Gesicki and RB Myles Gaskin. The Dolphins have done a nice job molding their new defense.
It’s time to surround Tua with more talent on offense. At the same time, we could see the Dolphins trade down here, especially because this is a draft with a strong WR class.
The Bengals hit a home run with wide receiver Tee Higgins last year, but adding Chase would reunite him with his LSU teammate in quarterback Joe Burrow.
Burrow, Chase and Higgins, along with Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon, would give the Bengals a stacked group of young and talented skill players.
The issue here is that the Bengals need to address their offensive line, so we could see them pass on Chase and go with offensive tackle Penei Sewell, especially since they already have a young WR1 in Higgins.
The Eagles desperately need an alpha WR1. Sophomore Jalen Reagor has some potential, but he looks more like a complementary deep threat than a top option on the perimeter.
General manager Howie Roseman made a huge mistake in passing on Justin Jefferson last year, but he now has an opportunity to address that by taking another LSU wide receiver in Chase. Whether it’s Carson Wentz or Jalen Hurts at QB, the Eagles desperately need to infuse talent at the wide receiver position.
If Chase falls to 6, you can bet that the Eagles will pounce.
Ja’Marr Chase NFL Draft Prediction
Round 1, Pick 6: Philadelphia Eagles
I think that the Dolphins will look to trade down from Pick 3, but it would likely be with a team looking to select one of the top tier quarterbacks.
The Bengals will likely address their offensive line at Pick 5, while the Falcons (4) and Jets (2) have other needs. This means that the two main threats for Chase will likely opt to look at a different position in the draft, allowing Chase to fall into the Eagles’ laps.
While Roseman might opt to select Alabama WR DeVonta Smith instead, I believe Chase will be the pick because of his elite production at a younger age. Chase would combine with Reagor, tight end Dallas Goedert, and running back Miles Sanders to give the Eagles a talented skills group.
Ja’Marr Chase NFL Draft Bets
The only draft prop available at BetMGM right now is to bet on who will be selected first overall — this is clearly out of the cards for Chase, so there’s no point to even look at the odds.
I would monitor the situation to see if any sportsbooks come out with a prop on the first wide receiver selected in this draft. If Chase is listed as an underdog to Smith, I would suggest laying a bet on the former. (Read Marcus Mosher’s take on the NFL Draft Ja’Marr Chase vs. DeVonta Smith wide receiver debate.)
Chase was able to put up elite numbers at 19 years old, even with Jefferson on the team. Smith is a stud, but he broke out during his senior season, a year after Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy moved on to the NFL.
You can also check to see if there is a prop on which team will select Chase because I really believe that the Eagles are the likeliest destination. Roseman has been criticized for his inability to address the wide receiver position, so drafting Chase would help him finally accomplish this goal.
Now that you’ve read our Ja’Marr Chase Draft Prospect scouting report, stay tuned after the 2021 NFL Draft for his impact on betting lines, odds and tips for his likely NFL team.
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