Ja'Marr Chase Scouting Report: 2021 NFL Draft Prospect Profile
By Bobby Bishop.
Ja’Marr Chase – WR, LSU
Height - 6’1” Weight - 207 lbs Class – Junior Hometown – Harvey, LA
Ja’Marr Chase was born in Harvey, Louisiana. He attended Archbishop Rummel High School in suburban New Orleans. He excelled athletically, standing out as a dunker in basketball and winning the 5A state title as a long jumper (the same year he started long jumping), but football was where his talent truly shined brightest.
Archbishop Rummel is a talented football school. They were coached by legendary coach Jay Roth, who has led them to three State Championships in the last ten years. They are mostly known for running the ball offensively, but Chase still amassed record setting numbers receiving while there, gaining attention from D1 coaches.
He received a 5-star rating from 247 and ranked as the top player in Louisiana in 2018. After decommitting from Florida, Chase decided to stay local and committed to play for the LSU Tigers.
As a freshman, Chase played in every game and even earned a starting spot for the final five games. In the Fiesta Bowl against UCF, Ja’Marr really seemed to take his game up a notch, amassing six catches for 93 yards (both career highs) and a touchdown.
Chase and LSU built on the momentum of that game all offseason, coming into 2019 as a team possessed. LSU’s 2019 season was truly historic, and Ja’Marr Chase was a big part of that. Nobody could guard Chase, as he ended the season with 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. These totals were truly spectacular, as Chase now holds the SEC records for receiving yards in a season and touchdown receptions in a season. Ja’Marr Chase was awarded the Biletnikoff Award for top receiver in the nation, and LSU won the National Championship, capping off a perfect season.
Following this season, Chase was primed as a Heisman candidate for 2020, but he opted out of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. He has been preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft, where he shouldn’t have to wait long to hear his name called.
If a 50/50 ball is thrown to Ja’Marr Chase, it feels much more like 90/10. He can go up and get it with anyone. At 6’1”, this may be a difficult skill for him to translate into the NFL, especially when matched up against big body corners, but his future QB will do well to trust him.
Chase excels at creating separation at the next level. He has several moves in his arsenal that give him space on deep routes. Chase rarely drops the ball. He has amazing hands and a wide catch radius. Also, Chase is quick and should test at or below 4.5 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.
Chase will turn 21 about a month before the draft, so he is still young and has plenty of time to reach his potential.
Chase needs to be an outside receiver at the next level. He does not do as well with short routes (drags, slants, or flat routes). He doesn’t have much burst when running these underneath routes. He does much better on any route ten yards out or more.
D.J. Moore. Like Moore, Chase has elite athleticism and utilizes that and his strength to play much bigger than he is. They both excel at deep routes and making big plays. Chase has better hands and better jump ball ability than Moore but is not as good at creating yards after the catch.
Ja’Marr Chase’s decision to opt out should not affect his draft stock. LSU’s Myles Brennan went down early in the season, and two true Freshmen QBs have been struggling in his place ever since. Chase would not have had the production that he had last season with Burrow at the helm.
His draft stock should be increasing every Sunday that Justin Jefferson suits up and balls out for Minnesota, as Chase outplayed Jefferson consistently while teammates at LSU.
DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle may challenge Ja’Marr for wide receiver one status due to the inaccuracies of NFL wide receiver scouting and drafting (Hollywood Brown over A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf, Henry Ruggs III over Jerry Jeudy and Justin Jefferson), but Chase undoubtably has the most NFL ready body and skillset of any wideout in the 2021 NFL Draft. He will be one lucky NFL QB’s best friend this time next year.
1st WR taken. Top 10 pick.
Vs. Florida (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP1AS26ljZY
Vs. Mississippi State (2019) - https://vimeo.com/369858738/9319e59ae9
Vs. Auburn (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRlxWUu9xYw
Vs. Alabama (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv6mus7yasc
Vs. Texas A&M (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvdgCI1GS9I
Vs. Oklahoma (2019) - https://vimeo.com/384134901/584e94c26e
Vs. Clemson (2020) - https://vimeo.com/390197894/ad71c8366f