When breaking down the pick, Bengals third-year head coach Zac Taylor had high praise for Chase, calling him one of the best receivers he’s ever evaluated.
"[Ja'Marr Chase] is one of the best receivers I've ever evaluated."— Caleb Noe (@CalebNoeTV) April 30, 2021
-- #Bengals coach Zac Taylor
Not only was Taylor impressed by what he saw on tape of Chase and his potential when scouting him, he also took into an endorsement from Burrow into account.
As Burrow reportedly told Taylor, he’d have an “excitement level of a 10 if the Bengals drafted Chase.”
On a scale of 1-10 Joe Burrow told Zac Taylor he’d be an excitement level of a 10 if the Bengals drafted Ja’Marr Chase.— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) April 30, 2021
That’s a pretty strong endorsement from QB1 on his college teammate.
Did the Bengals make the right call?
However, one things for sure: Chase is a playmaker that the team’s franchise quarterback wanted in orange and black, while the head coach also appears very excited about what the stud pass-catcher can do in the pros.