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What You Need to Know:
-Chase broke out as a 19-year-old at LSU in 2019, posting 84-1,780-20 alongside Joe Burrow.
-He set SEC records for receiving yards and TDs in a single season.
-Chase accounted for 19.7% of LSU’s catches, 29.5% of the team’s receiving yards and 32.8% of the team’s receiving scores. Very strong age-adjusted marks in such a talented offense.
-It’s tough to find a weakness in his game. Speed, contested catch ability and post-catch aggressiveness are all huge pluses. If there’s one thing to nitpick, it’s that he’s not a DeVonta Smith-like separator.
-The 6’0, 201-pound Chase posted a 90th percentile 40 time, a 95th percentile vertical and a 95th percentile broad. He’s a super clean prospect — arguably the best over the past several years.
-The Bengals let A.J. Green walk in free agency. He leaves behind 104 targets, which figure to move to Chase.
-Cincinnati led the league in 3-WR sets last year, using the formation on 76% of the offensive snaps. Good news for Chase’s stock, as Cincy returns Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins.
-The Bengals didn’t make any upgrades at TE after 3 guys (Drew Sample, C.J. Uzomah and Cethan Carter) combined for only 71 targets a season ago.
-Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending ACL/MCL tear in Week 11. However, he’s fully expected to be under center for Week 1 this fall.
-Chase’s built-in chemistry is certainly a huge plus. They duo already began offseason throwing sessions in May.
-The 2020 Bengals ranked 13th league-wide in pass rate; 13th in total plays per game. With the same staff returning, an uber-talented QB entering year 2 and a defense still in rebuilding mode, this offense should safely lean pass once again.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line
We’re not sure we’d call Chase a generational talent, but he was our clear WR1 in this draft class. He has all of the hallmarks of a future WR1, both in real life and in fantasy.
A massive target ceiling isn’t likely for the 5th overall pick, at least as long as Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins stay healthy. But the Bengals’ heavy 11 personnel and the departure of A.J. Green made it easy to find 119 targets for the rookie. Only 21, the Louisiana native will carry a WR2 ceiling into September.