Boy was I wrong.
The Bengals absolutely made the right move by selecting Chase.
And while my reasoning for suggesting that Cincinnati should take an offensive lineman over Chase wasn’t rooted in anything negative against the former Tigers standout, it’s clear that I misjudged just exactly how good Chase can be in the NFL.
Ja’Marr Chase is going to be a star for the Bengals
Ja’Marr Chase has been a member of the Bengals for less than a month, yet he’s already making a major impression on folks in Cincinnati.
Chase, who was selected by the Bengals with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, participated in his first NFL rookie mini camp this week.
And according to Bengals Wire’s Chris Roling, Chase “stole the show”.
“Whether it was skying for big catches or just stunning with his combination of size and speed, it wasn’t a mystery why he was the fifth overall pick,” wrote Roling.
The Bengals definitely need some offensive line help.
But not passing on Chase was absolutely the right choice. It’s not often that a wide receiver as complete as Chase comes along. Cincinnati can always find serviceable offensive linemen. But there aren’t many players like Chase out there.
The Joe Burrow/Ja’Marr Chase combination is going to provide dividends for the Bengals for years to come.
Taking Chase in the first round of the draft shows that Cincinnati is committed to giving Burrow the weapons he needs to succeed in the coming seasons.
Thanks to Chase and Burrow, the Bengals are going to be a force in the AFC North for the foreseeable future.