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Top NFL evaluator says Ja’Marr Chase is “best WR prospect since Julio”

Chase should be there at No. 5, but that doesn’t mean the Bengals will take the young stud.

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Analysts seem split on who the Cincinnati Bengals should take at No. 5.

With many thinking tackle Penei Sewell is a lock for a team that is in desperate need of offensive line help, there’s no denying it’d be tough to pass of LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase or Florida’s Kyle Pitts.

With the connection that Chase and starting quarterback Joe Burrow already have, the Bengals will have an increasingly tough decision if he’s on the board. However, it should be tough because of Chase’s merit alone.

20 touchdowns on 84 receptions and over 1,700 yards as a sophomore is next-level production. He’s going to be a generational talent, and according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, one top NFL evaluator thinks so as well.

Jones was drafted with the sixth-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He’s been a Atlanta Falcons star ever since. In his final season at Alabama, Jones put up over 1,100 and 7 touchdowns on 78 receptions.

It’s more the pure athleticism and ability to separate that Chase and Jones have in common. Having been one of the best receivers in the league over the last few seasons, getting a Julio Jones comparison is high praise for the young LSU star.

That same 2011 class was also Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, who the team actually took with the fourth-overall pick. Both Green and Jones have had outstanding careers. Chase will look to be the next superstar receiver.

Easily the top receiver in the class, Chase did his college work as a sophomore, missing his junior. Standing 6-foot and weighing around 210 pounds, Chase is already physically there, and dominating the most challenging conference in football, there’s no denying he’ll be ready for the bright lights following the 2021 draft. Hopefully, those lights are at Paul Brown Stadium.

The team can then look to the second round for line help, making the most of their top-five pick by drafting Chase.

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