Ja’Marr Chase was a highly sought after prospect. In his high school career he caught 115 passes for 2,152 yards and 15 touchdowns and accumulated many accolades along the way. He was a 4 star recruit and ranked as the nation's 19th best prospect. He committed to LSU in 2018.
As a freshman, Chase played in all 13 games and started 7. He managed to catch at least one pass in every game and finished second on the team for receiving. Chase played significantly better during the 2019 season and finished with 84 catches, 1,780 yards, and 20 touchdowns, breaking the SEC record for receiving yards in a year. He was the best receiver in the nation and won the Biletnikoff Award. Now entering his junior year, Chase is going into the 2020 season ready to show NFL teams why he is no doubt the best receiver prospect in the country.
The first thing we notice is a great release off the line. Chase is one of the best route runners in the country and it shows. He demonstrates quick feet as he puts a move on the defender and accelerates to gain separation to make the catch and score.
This is a very simple go route where you’ll see Chase display his speed. He blows right past the defender, catches the pass, and pulls away from the safety to score.
This is one of my favorite plays by Ja’Marr. He did not gain any separation on this route and was blanketed by the defender. Burrow made a great throw to where only Chase had an opportunity to catch this ball. He shows focus, ball awareness, and body control for this touchdown.
Chase is 6’1 and 208 pounds, on this play he had the defender beat early and had about two yards of separation. Burrow under-threw this ball, and Chase had to adjust and come back to make the play. He highpoints the ball like a power forward and shows off his concentration and strong hands to make this incredible contested catch.
This is a simple screen pass, but we see some great burst and acceleration. Chase’s ability to cut and change direction is something special. This pass only went for 9 yards, but you can also see how tough Ja’Marr can be to take down after the catch.
Ja’Marr Chase checks every single box you can think of as a wide receiver and will fit in just fine at the next level. He has no problem creating separation with his elite route running, and he always finds the soft spots in zone coverage. He has great speed and ball awareness on deep routes and has the agility and elusiveness to be a nightmare after the catch. His strong hands help him make both acrobatic and contested catches with ease, and he had a drop rate of only 5.8% while averaging 14.3 yards per target.
Chase has very few flaws to his game. He could improve his downfield blocking (he doesn't seem to engage), but realistically, that’s nitpicking. Barring any crazy injury, Chase is a definite first round pick and is currently projected to be the first wide receiver taken in the 2021 NFL draft.
Chase will be an early first round pick in dynasty rookie drafts and a top 5 pick in superflex. In redraft leagues, pending his location, he will most likely be the first rookie wide receiver chosen. Chase has all the tools and talent to be a steady WR1 in the NFL for years to come. It wouldn't be surprising if Green Bay, Chicago, NY Jets, or Detroit was the team to use an early pick on Ja’Marr.