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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Ja’Marr Chase


Positional ranking: #2

Big Board ranking: #12

 

Overview

Position: WR

College: LSU

Class: Junior

Age: 21

 

Measurables

Height: 6’0 3/8”

Weight: 201 lbs.

Arm length: 30 3/4″

Hand size: 9 5/8″

 

Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 4.38 sec.

Vertical jump: 41.0″

Broad jump: 132.0″

Bench press: 23 reps

3-cone drill: 7.00 sec.

Short shuttle: 3.98 sec.

 

Strengths

High-level technician for his age. Extremely smooth overall player. Great natural receiving skills. Crafty route runner. Prototype size and plus play strength. Excellent hands. Softly brings in passes. Very patient around the line of scrimmage. Quick feet and phenomenal footwork. Able to easily set up and stack cornerbacks to get vertical. Deceptive at the top of routes. Has surprising speed to separate late. Natural feel for working on the perimeter. Tracks the ball at a high level over both shoulders. Waits until last second before putting hands out to catch the deep ball. Confident catching the ball with safeties nearby. Strong ability to accelerate and decelerate. Plays with exceptional balance. Easy transition from catch to run. Has breakaway speed at the second level. Mostly lined up at right receiver but played and produced everywhere. Good ability as a blocker when engaged. Dominated versus top competition in the SEC.

 

Weaknesses

Has some drop issues for passes off his frame. Not overly explosive in and out of breaks. Can get stalled a bit by physical press coverage. Doesn’t always have an edge when blocking.

 

NFL comparison

Torry Holt

 

Conclusion

Overall, Chase is an all-around receiver with the size, smoothness, and functional athleticism to become the focal point of an NFL offense. He is worth a top-ten pick and should be able to thrive as both a big-play threat and/or chain mover in any offensive system.

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SECrules
SECrules
2 months ago

Missed seeing him on the field this yr.

Ron
Ron
2 months ago

I wonder how missing the season will affect he and Sewell.

Joe M.
Joe M.
2 months ago

Why does Daniel Jeremiah say Chase is clearly better than Devonta Smith? You have Smith higher and others do too….

Stan
Stan
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe M.

He might be better but it’s definitely close.

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