Ja'Marr Chase is pretty much the consensus best wide receiver in this class. To understand just how talented he is, consider this. He opted out of the 2020 NCAA season, electing not to play a single down. In his absence, Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Devonta Smith rewrote the record books, becoming the fourth WR in NCAA history to win the Heisman Trophy. And yet, Chase's status atop this wide receiver class remains pretty much unquestioned.
It's not hard to see why. Back in 2019, when he was still just 19 years old, Chase racked up 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. He then backed those numbers up by running a 4.38 40-yard dash and recording a 41-inch vertical jump at his pro day. Suffice it to say, the former LSU Tiger won't last long on draft day.
With that in mind, here are the three most likely destinations for Chase in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Ja'Marr Chase Draft Projection
3. Detroit Lions (No. 7)
It's very hard to see Chase falling past the Detroit Lions at No. 7. The Lions lost Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones to free agency this offseason, leaving the team with very little WR talent aside from Breshad Perriman. With the volatile Jared Goff now at the helm, Detroit can't afford to roll out a skill-position group that weak. Adding Chase would shore up that unit in a hurry.
2. Miami Dolphins (No. 6)
The Miami Dolphins were heavily linked to Chase when they still held the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft. If Miami manages to trade down and still secure the top WR prospect in this class, general manager Chris Grier would be an early frontrunner for the executive of the year award. Chase would be a perfect fit alongside Will Fuller and Devante Parker, giving the Dolphins one of the most dangerous skill-position groups in the league. That's a great way to speed up Tua Tagovailoa's development. Chase could take this offense to the next level if he's the pick at No. 6.
1. Cincinnati Bengals (No. 5)
The Cincinnati Bengals are a very easy team to figure out. It'd be a shock if they didn't pick an offensive lineman or a pass-catcher at No. 5. If they decide to address the latter, Chase is the obvious choice. This would reunite him with his quarterback at LSU, Joe Burrow. The two set the college football world ablaze in 2019, playing in one of the best offenses that the NCAA has ever seen. If Burrow is surrounded by Chase, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, we could see him do something similar at the NFL level. It may be hard to pass up on someone like Penei Sewell, but the thought of reuniting Burrow and Chase has to be pretty tempting.
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