Cincinnati Bengals – Good rookie season for Chase based on recent players
There is a reason the Bengals took Chase so high and passed on Penei Sewell to do so. He was the top-rated wide receiver and throughout college had all the tools to make him a great player in the NFL.
Because of this, the Bengals are expecting Chase to put up some good numbers, starting from day one. Based on recent players taken high in the draft, this is a possibility.
For the most recent example, we only have to go back to last year, watching Jerry Jeudy in his rookie season. Taken with the 15th overall pick by the Broncos, Jeudy put together a nice season. He played in all 16 games starting 14 of them and had 52 receptions for 856 yards and three touchdowns.
These are consistent and strong numbers for a rookie wide receiver who was playing with a rotation of mid-level quarterbacks throughout the year. Jeudy was able to still rise up and be the top receiver for his team.
Going back a little farther to find a wide receiver drafted in the top five, we find Amari Cooper who was drafted at number four in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Raiders.
Cooper had a tremendous rookie season where he hauled in 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns, which was enough for him to make the Pro Bowl in his first season. Cooper has continued that success and has become one of the top wide receivers in the league today despite not playing for the same team that drafted him.
It seems that on the top end of the spectrum for Ja’Marr Chase he could be looking at something like 60 receptions for 1,000 yards and four touchdowns. This would be a great season for a rookie and one that the Bengals would love to get.