2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase

HEIGHT: 6-0 / WEIGHT: 208 / COLLEGE: LSU / CLASS: Junior

2019 STATS (14 GAMES): 84 receptions, 1,780 yards, 21.2 YPC, 20 touchdowns

CAREER STATS (24 GAMES): 107 receptions, 2,093 yards, 19.6 YPC, 23 touchdowns

GAMES WATCHED (8): Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss (2019)

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SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (4/5)

  • Average height
  • Well-developed frame
  • Excellent leaping ability
  • Excellent play strength

SPEED/BURST (9/10)

  • Good acceleration and top-end speed (probably mid-high 4.4 range adjusted for pro day)
  • Capable deep threat

AGILITY (8.5/10)

  • Smooth change-of-direction movement
  • Makes fairly sharp cuts in and out of breaks when he drops his hips

ROUTE RUNNING/SEPARATION (17/20)

  • Shows flashes of technical prowess in all facets of route running
  • Efficient working back to the ball on stop routes
  • Occasionally incorporates hesitation moves in route stems to keep cornerbacks guessing
  • Will work to a cornerback’s blind spot against bail technique
  • Excellent hand-fighting skill allows him to consistently separate at the top of routes
  • Three-level receiving threat
  • Has experience at and the physical capability to play any of the three wide receiver positions
  • Separates from man coverage well enough, but not at an elite level currently
  • Gets upright into breaks at times at the expense of quickness
  • Can become a more deceptive route runner by consistently incorporating subtleties with body language (selling route fakes with eyes, shoulders, etc.)
  • Could show a little more urgency in getting off the line of scrimmage at times

RUN AFTER CATCH (9/10)

  • Absolute load to bring down after the catch
  • Good contact balance and tackle-breaking strength
  • Has some elusiveness in the open field
  • Good vision and ability to set up blockers

HANDS/BALL SKILLS (19/20)

  • Consistent hands catcher (5.7% career drop rate)
  • Tremendous high-point ability
  • Shows good toughness and concentration to secure catches in traffic/hold on after taking a hit
  • Wins 50/50 balls at a high rate

BODY CONTROL (9/10)

  • Adjusts well to back-shoulder and off-target throws
  • Makes some tough catches away from his frame
  • Gears down quickly for routes that work back towards the ball

PRESS RELEASES (8.5/10)

  • Super physical at the line of scrimmage
  • Mixes up an assortment of jabs, swipes and hesitation moves to defeat press coverage
  • Could expand release package to keep cornerbacks guessing a little more
  • Exposes chest at times, allowing cornerbacks to get their hands on quickly — could use more consistent hip sink in releases vs. press

TRACK/ADJUST (5/5)

  • Excellent deep-ball tracker
  • Finds soft spots in zone coverage consistently
  • Works back to the quarterback on broken plays
  • Shows great awareness when working near the sideline

OVERALL GRADE: 89.00/100.00 — EARLY 1ST ROUND — Instant starter; good player with Pro Bowl potential

NFL COMPARISON: A.J. Brown

SCHEME FIT: X receiver with the versatility to play Y and Z

DRAFT PROJECTION: Top-10 pick

“Ja’Marr Chase has all of the tools needed to develop into a dominant NFL receiver. He’s a good athlete, route runner and playmaker after the catch with strong hands, positional versatility and an ability to defeat press coverage. Chase may not be an elite separator from Year 1 and he may not have elite size or top-end speed, but he doesn’t necessarily need those things to become a top-tier player at his position. There’s room to improve as a route runner and run blocker, but the former LSU standout is a ready-made product for the NFL with an All-Pro ceiling.”

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