Finally! The seemingly endless civil war amongst Bengals fans can come to an end. Team Chase prevailed against Team Sewell just a moment ago when the Bengals turned in their draft card with Ja’Marr Chase’s name on it.
Chase is an elite pick. One of the many opt-outs in the 2020 season, Chase put up 1,780 yards on 84 catches to go with 20 touchdowns. Yes, 20 touchdowns on 21.4 yards per catch. He can get open quickly – offering protection in a different kind of way than Penei Sewell would’ve offered.
The Bengals offense was looking to replace 128 targets between the departures of A.J. Green, John Ross and Alex Erickson. Now, a guy who won the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s best wide receiver in college football just over a year ago gets to step in and be a massive contributor on day one. Have I mentioned that he won the award with Joe Burrow tossing him the ball?
The Bengals figure to trot out what should be a top 10 starting wide receiver unit with Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase on the outside with Tyler Boyd in the slot.
While the Bengals could make a move back into the first round tonight, history suggests that they won’t. Look for the Bengals to waste no time in adding to the offensive line on day two of the draft on Friday. Here are some names to look out for:
- Samuel Cosmi, Texas
- Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
- Dillon Radunz, NDSU
- Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
- Walker Little, Stanford