- Position: WR
- School: LSU
- Class: Junior
- Height: 6’1″
- Weight: 200 lbs
Ja’Marr Chase was a 4-star recruit coming out of Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, Louisiana. He had offers from many top programs and originally committed to Florida. He eventually decided to decommit from there and stay close to home, attending LSU. In his two years at LSU, Chase recorded 107 catches for 2,093 yards and 23 touchdowns. His best season came in 2019 where he recorded 84 receptions for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns en route to a National Championship. He also received the Fred Biletnikoff Award for being the nation’s top receiver.
Chase has good size for an X receiver. At 6’1″ he has the frame to put on weight if he needs to.
Chase has good speed, not elite speed. I expect him to run a high 4.4 at best, more than likely he’s a 4.5 guy. He uses his technique to get open, not his speed.
Chase is what I would call a smooth athlete, not really twitchy. He displays good footwork when trying to get open, but relies more on his physicality and technique.
Chase catches the ball as smoothly as I’ve ever seen. Looks natural, has very strong hands and has never had an issue with drops.
With his flawless technique and great hands Chase can work on the outside and in the slot. He’s not a guy you’re going to want returning punts or running a jet sweep, but you can move him around the formation.
Route Running: 5
My favorite part of his game to watch is his route running. Chase runs the entire route tree without any hesitation and does it flawlessly. He is able to adjust his routes on the fly and get open with ease. Chase will come into the league and already be one of the best route runners in the game.
Chase rarely ever gets jammed at the line. He uses his footwork, body fakes and his size to avoid getting held up and gets open. He takes good angles to avoid getting tackled, but will get caught from behind due to his lack of game breaking speed.
Football IQ/Blocking: 5
As I’ve been hammering this entire article, Chase’s understanding of the game and how he can exploit coverages is his strength. He is also an excellent blocker and seeks out contact.
With no history of injury, Chase sat out the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns and decided to prepare for the draft.
When you turn on Chase’s 2019 tape, you’ll see a future superstar in this league, as he was absolutely filthy. Although he is a good athlete, he excels is his attention to detail and knowledge of the game. A lot of athletes have all the tools, but don’t pan out because of the lack of football IQ or the lack of the willingness to learn. That won’t be a problem with Chase and he will be a nightmare for defensive coordinators in the years to come.
1st Round, Top 10
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