After measuring in at 6-0 and 201 lbs., the 21-year old Chase jumped 41” and 132” for the vertical and broad jumps, respectively, and proceeded to run an unofficial 4.38 40-yard dash. To the genuine surprise of many, a former track star ran really fast and jumped really high.
Chase’s big day comes at a perfect time for Cincinnati Bengals fans. The last few days have revolved around seemingly real rumors of Cincinnati leaning towards drafting Chase circulating throughout the media.
After his workout, Chase answered questions from media members and of course was asked about the Bengals and his former quarterback Joe Burrow.
“I have talked to the Bengals, I don’t know how many times I’ve talked to them though,” Chase said. “But me and Joe, I wouldn’t mind going back with Joe. If we go back together we’d try and do nothing but get back on chemistry and have some more fun.”
Wouldn’t mind a reunion? Now that sounds familiar.
Chase won the Bilentnikoft Award in 2019 as the nation’s best wide receiver, hauling in 84 receptions for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. He did that with Burrow slinging him the ball during Burrow’s historic Heisman-winning campaign that culminated in a College Football Playoff National Championship title.
Burrow has reportedly been advocating for the Bengals to draft Chase, and it would be wise for the Bengals to heed his advice. Cincinnati’s offense has a clear hole at wide receiver next to Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, and Chase is arguably the very best non-quarterback in this year’s draft class.
The Bengals are indeed interested in a Chase, as they should be with any projected top-10 player at a position they need. It’s interesting to hear Chase say he’s unsure how many times he’s spoken with them, but it does imply multiple conversations have been had.