LSU – Ja’Marr Chase, Wide Receiver, Junior
One of the most highly touted prospects going into the 2021 NFL Draft, Ja’Marr Chase could be the highest-drafted wide receiver we’ve seen in a long time, receiving in some circles top three consideration.
Some might think a top-three pick is a lot for a receiver, but the 2019 season for Chase was beyond enough for that thought. As a sophomore, Chase set the SEC record for receiving touchdowns in a season with 20 as well as receiving yards with 1,780. This led to him being the Biletnikoff Award recipient as well as a unanimous All-American, all while sharing the field with Justin Jefferson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Thaddeus Moss and more.
With Joe Burrow now in the NFL, Chase will have to prove he can have the same success without one of the historically best seasons in college football under center. The flip side will also be the lack of other weapons on the offense. Many of the players that drew attention away from Chase are now at the NFL level as well, meaning he could see more double teams and game-planning come his way.
It will be near impossible for Chase to repeat his sophomore season in 2020, but should he even sniff those numbers again and prove it wasn’t a fluke or product of Burrow, then he shouldn’t have to wait very long to hear his name called at the 2021 NFL Draft.