Former LSU football teammates Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase were reunited last week when the Cincinnati Bengals selected Chase with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Seeing Burrow and Chase back on the field together is going to be amazing. The duo — along with former Tigers wide receiver Justin Jefferson — took the college football world by storm in 2019.
The numbers that Burrow and Chase put up in 2019 were absolutely ridiculous. It’s completely reasonable to expect the two former LSU standouts to pick up where they left off.
But just because it’s awesome to see Burrow and Chase reunited, doesn’t necessarily mean it was a wise move by the Bengals.
Burrow needs offensive line help. Cincinnati’s porous offensive line play last season is part of the reason that Burrow wasn’t able to finish the season. If the Bengals aren’t able to protect Burrow in the coming years, then they’ll be wasting one of the great talents of this generation.
Not everyone agrees that Cincinnati messed up by selecting Ja’Marr Chase
Taking an offensive lineman in the first round wouldn’t have been a sexy pick for the Bengals, but it would’ve probably been the best pick.
That’s an opinion that’s held by quite a few analysts.
There’s at least one analyst, however, that feels like the Chase selection was a good pick.
And it’s one of the more well-respected analysts in the country.
NFL film analyst Greg Cosell couldn’t help but gush over Cincinnati’s selection of Chase this week.
“I really loved his tape. I loved Chase’s game. I loved his competitiveness. I loved the way he defeated press coverage,” said Cosell to the Bengals Booth Podcast.
“Just the competitive intensity with which he played, I thought was tremendous,” added Cosell. “I loved his tape and I think that he’ll be a really good player.”
There aren’t many folks who have watched more football than Greg Cosell. If he thinks Chase is a good pick for the Bengals, then it’s hard to make an argument that he isn’t.