Ja'Marr Chase NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Ja’Marr Chase NFL Draft Profile, Highlights, and NFL Comparison

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By Tayyib Abu April 1, 2021 0 Comment
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Ja’Marr Chase is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Ja’Marr Chase is a wide receiver from LSU and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. After helping the Tigers win the national championship, Chase opted out of the 2020 season. During the 2019 season, he caught 84 passes on 121 targets (69.4%), with five drops for 1780 yards and 20 touchdowns. According to Pro Football Focus, Chase was the fourth-highest-graded receiver (30 target minimum) with an Offensive grade of 91.1 (91.3 Receiving, 78.8 Drops, 57.5 Run Blocking).

Chase established himself as one of the best receivers in talent-rich Louisiana. He earned District MVP and a spot on the all-state team as a senior in high school. Chase was a high-four/low-five star recruit and one of the top-ten prospects from Louisiana. He earned nearly 30 scholarship offers and nearly committed to TCU before electing to stay local and attend LSU. As a freshman, Chase played immediately for the Tigers, appearing in all 13 games with seven starts; he grabbed 23 receptions for 313 yards and three touchdowns on just 354 snaps.

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In 2019, Chase announced himself as not only one of the best wideouts in college football but one of the best players regardless of position. He led the FBS in receiving yards and touchdowns, breaking the SEC single-season record for the latter. Chase won the  Biletnikoff Award and was named a unanimous selection to the All-American and SEC First-Teams. As a true sophomore, he was not yet eligible for the 2020 draft, but Chase still elected to opt-out of the 2020 season to preserve his draft stock and prevent injury.

Ja’Marr Chase projects as a top-ten pick in the draft. He is a true number-one, X-type receiver; of his 803 snaps in 2019, only 105 of them saw him line up in the slot. Chase can stretch the field vertically with his elite catching ability, while he can also work in the intermediate due to his size and strength. Furthermore, Chase’s build and strength mean he can box out defenders on contested catches, while his leap should see him climb the ladder to grab the high balls. He is weak on quick, in-breaking routes due to lacking fluidity in his knees and hips; thus, he would be most effective in a passing offense seeking to attack the intermediate and deep areas of the field, both over the middle and outside.

Scouting Capsule

Ja'Marr Chase NFL Draft Prospect

Measurements & Pro Day

Ja’Marr Chase was listed at 6’1″ and 205 by LSU. At LSU’s pro day, Chase was measured at 6 feet and 3/8 of an inch (6003) and 201 pounds. His hand size was 9 5/8″, his arms were 30 3/4″, and his wingspan was 74 7/8″. In the drills, Chase ran a blistering 40-yard time of 4.34 seconds. His broad jump came in at 11 feet even (132″), and his vertical jump at 41″. Chase’s three-cone time was 7.00 seconds, and his shuttle was 3.98.

Highlights

 

Strengths

  • He owns an excellent burst off the line of scrimmage; due to that, Chase can blow past defenders and create separation.
  • Chase has a superb catch radius; his hands are elite. Therefore he is a reliable deep-threat and contested catcher.
  • Chase is deceptively fast; his initial acceleration is challenging for defenders to stop.
  • His body control and spatial awareness make him a brilliant red-zone weapon.
  • He dominated some of the top college cornerbacks. Chase won’t fear the top NFL corners. He owns the fearless mindset required.

Weaknesses

  • Lack of fluidity in his hips and knees may inhibit his ability to master quick, in-breaking routes.
  • He lost an entire year of snaps due to his opt-out. Chase’s record is light; there is only one big year of high production, lacks experience.
  • He isn’t a willing blocker in the running game.

NFL Comparison

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