The Cincinnati Bengals didn’t pass up an opportunity to draft one of the most talented players in this year’s draft. It just so happens that LSU wide receiver has an obvious connection with Cincinnati’s franchise quarterback Joe Burrow. The two teamed up for one of the best seasons college football had ever seen in 2019 when LSU went undefeated and won a National Championship.
There are some fans a little more than surprised or mad that the team passed up Penei Sewell out of Oregon to protect Burrow. It seems the Bengals are banking on this deep offensive line class to fall into the second round, which is very possible.
Here is what fans and media had to say:
There were plenty of fans that were hoping for this reunion. Chase should slide right into the void left by A.J. Green’s departure, and it isn’t crazy to say he will probably be more productive in that role. It isn’t surprising to see so many excited.
COME LINE UP AND COVER US— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) April 30, 2021
Crazy after the championship football season at LSU - Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow would reunite again - the next time on the same NFL team in Cincinnati.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) April 30, 2021
Burrow.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) April 30, 2021
Mixon.#Bengals have skyrocketed up the NFL Sunday Ticket rankings of most watchable teams in the league.
I’m officially Team Chase now— Jay R (Bengals Perspective) (@JayRBP) April 30, 2021
This offense is going to be leeeeeeeeeethal.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) April 30, 2021
Here are some tweets or videos that help show off why Chase was a good pick for the Bengals. This wasn’t just about getting Burrow his buddy from college. This is a receiver that was one of the best overall talents in this draft, and it happens to be at a position that can have an instant impact.
Ja’Marr Chase ranks in the 99th percentile in receiving grade among qualifying WRs entering NFL from 2015-2021 (@PFF)— Evan McPhillips (@emcphil) April 30, 2021
Chase’s forced missed tackle rate of 0.25 ranks in the 93rd percentile of Power 5 WRs with 100+ catches since 2014.
Cincy gets a special WR in Ja’Marr Chase.
RD 1 | PICK 5 - Bengals: Ja'Marr Chase WR, LSU— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) April 30, 2021
Chase enters the NFL with the highest probability of making a Pro Bowl within his first three seasons (24%) of any wide receiver prospect over the last four draft classes according to the NGS draft model.#NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/IQPsuYbwv1
This isn't an A.J. Green shade post, but— Patrick Judis (@PatrickJudis) April 30, 2021
Green had over 100 targets in 2020 that he turned into 47 catches, 523 yard and two touchdowns.
Pretty easy to think Chase getting those targets will be more productive and that will take a lot of pressure off this offense.
New #Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase, in 2019 accumulated the most receiving yards & touchdowns in college football despite playing in only 505 passing snaps— only 13th among all FBS receivers. pic.twitter.com/mApObUJvgS— Kedon (@Kedon2) April 30, 2021
Ja’Marr Chase:— PFF CIN Bengals (@PFF_Bengals) April 30, 2021
92.4 @PFF grade when facing man coverage
ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash (98th percentile) at 201 pounds
41-inch vertical (96th),
13-foot broad jump (96th)
3.98-second short shuttle (97th)
The newest #Bengals WR is going to be a PROBLEM pic.twitter.com/sZEeyBD6ed
Ja'Marr Chase's ability to win with physicality at the LOS and the catch point is absurd.— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) April 30, 2021
There are better athletes and better route-runners in this class, but no one tops Chase's strength/physicality.
WR1 and it wasn't closepic.twitter.com/7HYbJNuNEI
Players sounding off
Former and current Bengals players couldn’t contain their excitement for their newest star wide receiver. Joe Mixon especially sounded off with several tweets in and a row, and of course Burrow let everyone know he approved.
GET THE GAT— ⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ (@Joe_MainMixon) April 30, 2021
LFG‼️ WELCOME BRO‼️ @Real10jayy__ LET’S GET STRAIGHT TO IT!— ⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ (@Joe_MainMixon) April 30, 2021
Go deep Joe— Ken Anderson (@KenAndersonNFL) April 30, 2021
— Chidobe Awuzie (@ChidobeAwuzie) April 30, 2021
Zac asked Burrow what his excitement level would be if they added Chase, 1-10— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) April 30, 2021
Burrow said 10
Tweets of the pick
These are just some of the funniest tweets talking about the Bengals selection of Chase. What was your favorite tweet from tonight?