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Joe Burrow Wasn't Reason Bengals Drafted Ja'Marr Chase

Isaiah De Los Santos
The LSU connection between Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase is not the reason the Cincinnati Bengals drafted the wideout.
The LSU connection between Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase is not the reason the Cincinnati Bengals drafted the wideout. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images

One of the more intriguing choices in the 2021 NFL Draft was what the Cincinnati Bengals would do with the No. 5 pick. LSU wideout Ja'Marr Chase and Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell both were worthy, but Cincinnati decided to reunite Chase and his college QB in Joe Burrow.

Many thought the Chase-Burrow connection would sway the Bengals' pick. That's not the case according to head coach Zac Taylor.

Taylor explained that the team sees Chase as the next top NFL wideout. They found it too hard to pass on a talent like that when he has All-Pro potential.

“We take Ja’Marr Chase because you think he’s going to be one of the all-time great receivers here over the next 10-15 years. You don’t want to be influenced by, ‘Is there a lineman there in the second round?’ If you think this guy is as good as we think he is, we just need to get him on the football team.”

Zac Taylor

It's hard to fault the Bengals' thinking. Chase was considered by most as the top WR in a loaded class that featured Heisman winner DeVonta Smith. The LSU star balled out with Burrow as his QB in 2019 -- 84 receptions for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs -- and that connection could be electric for years to come in Cincinnati.

Some have criticized the Bengals for boosting their receiving core over a more pressing need on the O-line. Yet Cincy has revamped the area in free agency (Riley Reiff) and the draft (Jackson Carman, D'Ante Smith and Trey Hill) which should provide the necessary protection for Burrow and Chase to recreate their LSU days on the field in Cincinnati next season and beyond.

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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.