Drafting Ja’Marr Chase over Penei Sewell was a risky decision for the Cincinnati Bengals and it could end up being one of the biggest mistakes they’ve ever made. If Sewell turns into an All-Pro tackle, the Bengals will never hear the end of it.
Even with all of this being the case, it’s hard not to be excited about Chase and what he can bring to this offense. The No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft might have opted out of the 2020 college football season but he went in the top five of the draft for a reason.
Reuniting the guy with his college quarterback is going to make the Bengals offense quite deadly. Non-Bengals fans are echoing this sentiment and Mike Green of ESPN’s “Get Up” was the latest to do so, stating that he believes Chase will be a top-five receiver at the end of the season.
Green offered this insight on Chase:
"The rookie, who that year — at the age of 19 — playing with Joe Burrow, who will be his quarterback in Cincinnati, became the only college receiver ever with 20 touchdowns and 20 yards per catch in any season. Did I mention he was 19 years old when he did that? The world has forgotten how good he is because he opted out of last season. But he is going to be spectacular. He’s reunited with his college quarterback. I think Ja’Marr Chase is going to hit the league by storm."
Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase has a chance to be one of the best in the league at his position.
The Bengals didn’t need to draft a receiver as high as they did because they already had Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins on the roster. They took Chase because of the damage that he and Joe Burrow did together in Baton Route and we’ll see if it ends up being a smart move.
Chase could very easily finish the season as the best rookie receiver in the league and no one would be surprised if that ends up being the case. Green saying that he could be one of the five best receivers in the league is extremely high praise, however, and if this ends up happening, Bengals fans will certainly be thrilled with the pick.
Hopefully, the offensive line can hold up long enough so that Burrow has time to throw to his favorite target and we can see that LSU magic taking place in Cincinnati.