When the clock began for Cincy Jungle with decide No. 5, the world was the Bengals’ oyster. Cincinnati doesn’t want a quarterback after deciding on Joe Burrow with the primary general decide in 2020, so they might watch quarterbacks fly off the board with the primary 4 picks with no cares on the planet.
The choice they made would imply an LSU reunion in Cincinnati. With the fifth general decide in our NFL writers’ mock draft, the Bengals choose Burrow’s former school teammate, huge receiver Ja’Marr Chase out of LSU.
Reuniting Ja’Marr Chase with Joe Burrow is simply too good to go up for the Bengals proper now. Chase has been in comparison with DeAndre Hopkins, since each huge receivers play a lot greater than they really are. Chase is roughly 6’ tall, however the way in which he can go up and make contested catches would make you assume he towers over defensive backs. The choice turns into that a lot simpler now that he has additionally proven he has elite pace by operating a sub-4.4 second 40-yard sprint at LSU’s professional day.
That professional day 40 time ties Chase at eleventh out of NFL hopeful performances at professional days this 12 months, however Chase didn’t simply showcase his pace at his professional day. He additionally excelled with a 41’ vertical leap and 11-foot broad leap, each testaments to his athleticism.
Chase opted out of the 2020 season, however his 2019 numbers converse for themselves. With Burrow as his quarterback, Chase hauled in 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns en path to profitable a nationwide championship with the Tigers. With that stage of manufacturing, Chase not less than deserves an honorable point out alongside Joe Burrow’s properly deserved Heisman win.
Some could scratch their heads as to why the Bengals would go up an offensive lineman right here contemplating Burrow’s damage from final season and the way usually he bought pressured. This offensive line class could be very deep, and they’re nonetheless going to have the ability to add not less than one starter on Day 2 of the draft.
Including a weapon who had Chase’s gaudy numbers in 2019 will assist substitute the targets left behind with A.J. Inexperienced’s departure. It also needs to assist liberate issues beneath for gamers like Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. Total, it means a younger quarterback gained’t have to take a seat again and maintain the ball as lengthy.
Prime gamers remaining:
- Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
- Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
- Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
- Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
- Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan