“GROWN MAN”: LSU Receiver Gets High Praise from ESPN Analyst

ESPN’s Louis Riddick has been studying film on cornerbacks in the NFL Draft. And time and time again, there is only one player who continues to stand out.

And the player isn’t even one of those cornerbacks.

Even with the depth of the wide receiver class in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft, the most dynamic prospect may not even be eligible yet–

LSU’s rising junior Ja’Marr Chase.

“He is so strong it’s ridiculous,” Riddick posted on Twitter. “And competitive. And has great hands. And great play speed.”

Riddick watched in awe as time and time again, Chase sliced and diced the nation’s best cornerbacks.

Even some of those cornerbacks said as much.

The 6’1 physical freak, still just 19 years old, won the 2019 Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best receiver. In 15 games, he caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns on one of the most explosive offenses in college football history.

After LSU’s championship-winning game against Clemson, ESPN’s Stephen A Smith, who had picked Clemson to win before the game, was in awe at Chase as well.

In the middle of his commentary on Tiger quarterback Joe Burrow’s performance, Smith derailed his train of thought suddenly to offer his “condolences” to Clemson cornerback AJ Terrell, a first-team All-ACC selection at cornerback, who got torched by Chase for nine catches and 221 yards for a 24.6 ypc average. Chase also scored two touchdowns.

“My Lord,” Smith said, “did he get scorched…I mean, that’s pretty damn bad.”

After a sluggish start for the LSU offense in that national championship game–two series, six plays, no first downs–Chase went to Burrow with a pivotal message.

“They’re giving me some space,” the receiver told his quarterback.

And the rest is history.



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