Updated July 17, 2020
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.
As we reported in the Hot Press last month, one of the underclassmen who jumped out to NFL scouts last fall was LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase. Anyone who watched the future National Champions would have an impossible task to not notice the standout Chase, who dominated the competition during his sophomore year. In helping LSU to an undefeated season, Chase averaged 21.2 yards per reception over 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. Scouts are already buzzing about Chase, and in speaking to sources from multiple teams, they think that he could be a better version of Amari Cooper for the NFL.
From Chase's listed numbers (6-1, 200), some might think that he has a lean build similar to Jerry Jeudy or Calvin Ridley, but multiple team sources who have seen Chase in person say that he is put together well.
"Ridley and Jeudy were/are very thin and wiry," said one director of college scouting. "Chase has some density and sturdiness to him. He is obviously stronger."
That director and some other scouts feel that Chase is closer to Amari Cooper in terms of build. "He's closer to Amari, but Chase is a better athlete than Cooper." They felt that Chase could end up being a better version of Cooper as a pro.
A lot could change over the season to come, plus Chase could end up gaining or losing weight before the draft process. It will be interesting to see how a new quarterback impacts Chase as well. But heading into the 2020 season, team sources are comparing Chase to the fourth-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and feel he could be even better.