2021 NFL Draft: Jets, Panthers fill QB need in three-round mock draft

The New York Jets select Zach Wilson at No. 2 in the 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
The New York Jets select Zach Wilson at No. 2 in the 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Ja'Marr Chase, 2021 NFL Draft
2021 NFL Draft prospect Ja’Marr Chase #1 of the LSU Tigers (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

2021 NFL Draft: Round 1, 6th overall

Pick Analysis. 6. Scouting Report. LSU. Ja'Marr Chase. player. 54. WR

Taking a quarterback early in the 2021 NFL Draft may be tempting for the Philadelphia Eagles, but would they really want to invest so much in another North Dakota State quarterback? They may be tempting fate with that one. Instead, the Eagles move forward with Jalen Hurts in this mock draft scenario and give him a true number one receiver to work with.

Ja’Marr Chase has fallen off the radar a bit after sitting out the 2020 season but he must be taken seriously as the possible WR1 in this class. Chase is a fantastic route runner who creates space from the defense with ease, tracks the ball in the air extremely well and showcases extremely strong hands. He is also a dynamic player with the ball in his hands who shows an impressive combination of elusiveness and power that makes him an exciting weapon after the catch.

Chase has nice size for the wide receiver position (6-foot-1, 208 pounds), but he is not massive. Chase also shows good speed and athleticism at the position, but he is not an overly explosive burner. That being said, he has proven himself as a real playmaker at the wide receiver position and undoubtedly has true No. 1 wide receiver upside at the next level.

The Eagles must work hard to improve their group of pass-catchers this offseason. They are severely lacking in this department and pairing Chase with an exciting young speedster like Jalen Reagor would immediately raise the ceiling of their entire offensive attack.