Bengals reunite Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase with fifth overall choice

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Joe Burrow, the No. 1 overall choice in 2020, said last week he was not lobbying the Bengals to draft former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase. Who knows what was said privately.

Burrow, though, will reunite with one of his favorite receivers from 2019 and undoubtedly is thrilled.

The Bengals selected Chase with the fifth overall selection.

Chase caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns in his final college season in 2019. He opted out of the 2020 season.

He joins a receivers room that includes Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and Auden Tate, giving Burrow yet another weapon.

What Chase doesn’t do is improve the offensive line. The Bengals still have a big need up front even after signing Riley Reiff and bringing back Quinton Spain.

Burrow took 32 sacks in 10 games and saw his season end with a a season-ending ACL and MCL tear in his left knee.

So the Bengals likely prioritize improving the offensive line the rest of the draft.

The Bengals last drafted a receiver in the top 10 in 2017 when they selected John Ross with the ninth overall choice. Ross left for the Giants as a free agent this offseason after appearing in only 27 games with Cincinnati.

They will hope the selection of Chase turns out more like A.J. Green, the fourth overall pick in 2011. Green played 10 seasons in Cincinnati before leaving for Arizona this offseason.

15 responses to “Bengals reunite Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase with fifth overall choice

  1. Such a Bengals move. Chase will sell a lot of those fancy new jerseys. Always follow the money with the Bengals.

  2. I don’t know about this pick…Joe Burrow got sacked 56 times last season. Hopefully the Bengals address the offensive line later in the draft.

  3. I like this pick. Every great QB needs his partner in crime. They can (and better) add some solid OL with later picks. But this one gives them a combo to win games with.

  4. The latest WR to fall into the Bengal black hole along with AJ Green, Chad Johnson, and going back to Carl Pickens. He won’t win anything there but will probably do numbers.

  5. Oops! Correction…Joe Burrow took 32 sacks last season. Still a ton for only 10 games.

  6. Remember Thad Moss has been united to. This is the best choice the Bengals could have made.

  7. As enticing a prospect Sewell is we already drafted our LT two years ago and the o-lines real weakness is at the guard position. If Chase is as good as his college days showed it will be good times ahead

  8. rocketdogsports says:
    April 29, 2021 at 9:53 pm
    Thank you Bengals
    Myles Garrett. Chase will be in the endzone with the football before miles even selects his pass rush move

  9. The Bengals need interior O-Line (guards and center). They’re better at tackle than last year. They brought back Frank Pollack, which will make a huge difference in making sure this line can protect Burrow. There wasn’t a guard worth it at #5. Sewell isn’t a guard. Slater could probably play guard, but not at #5. The Bengals did nothing to address the receiving corps in FA. This was the correct pick.

  10. Tony Broome you hit the nail on the head. National pundits clamoring for a OT must not have watched many Bengal games. Moving on from Turner was a great move. Only 5 Olinemen were drafted last night. They will address it tonight

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