Ja’Marr Chase reunites with Joe Burrow as Bengals Draft Pick

Bengals Add Another Weapon



NFL Draft. The Bengals select receiver Ja’Marr Chase out of LSU with the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Bengals reunite Joe Burrow and Chase from their LSU playing days and look to make a big impact.

With the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft, the Bengals have selected LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase. At 6’0 and weighing in at 208 pounds, Chase is set to become one of the focal points of the Bengals offense and gives Joe Burrow another threat for opposing defenses to worry about. 

After forgoing last year due to COVID-19, he reunites with Burrow, the last quarterback he played with in college. During his sophomore season, Chase put up ungodly numbers, having 1780 yards receiving to go along with 20 touchdowns on 84 receptions. In his pro day, he ran an impressive 4.38 forty-yard dash to go along with a spectacular 41-inch vertical. Furthermore, the statistic that really jumps off the page is his yards per reception at 21.2 and has him at the 96th percentile for all receivers ever. His ability to make big plays and find the end zone will hopefully help push the offense to another level. 

During the draft process, head coach Zac Taylor told us that the Burrow-Chase connection is one of the things being considered stating, “It’s one of the things that you weigh in. Certainly, we take in a lot of factors,” Taylor said.“You know, their production on the field, their character, their football IQ. Just what they bring to our locker room and what they bring to our team as a whole. Relationship with the quarterback certainly does not hurt. That is just one of the many things we bring in.” To go along with the speculation that has since come to fruition, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer shared that Burrow has been pushing the Bengals to draft his old teammate Chase. And while nobody was certain what the Bengals were planning to do, the signs were pointed in Chase’s direction and Burrow’s request was granted. 

With the new acquisition, the Bengals have a young, yet very talented receiving corps in Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, Auden Tate, and now Chase. The Bengals are trying to change the narrative and put the league on notice this year in what will be a very exciting season ahead for Cincinnati.