The race for the top spot among wide receivers in the 2021 NFL Draft is officially heating up. Chase is the favorite to earn that designation — he’s currently listed at -220 on FanDuel Sportsbook to be the first wide receiver drafted — and he certainly didn’t hurt himself at his pro day. He blazed an unofficial 4.38 40-yard dash, which is incredibly fast even by NFL standards. Only five receivers have clocked faster 40 times so far during pre-draft evaluations.
Chase didn’t suit up for LSU this season, but he was arguably the best receiver in college football in 2019. He won the Fred Biletnikoff Award — which is handed out yearly to the best receiver in college — while racking up 84 receptions for 1780 yards and 20 touchdowns. What makes his production even more impressive is that he shared the field with Justin Jefferson, who took the NFL by storm last year.
If Chase is going to be the first wide receiver off the board, he’ll need to hold off former Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Smith won the Biletnikoff in 2020 thanks to 117 receptions, 1856 yards, and 23 touchdowns.
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