CINCINNATI — The Bengals picked Ja'Marr Chase with the fifth selection in the 2021 NFL Draft because they think he can be a game changer on offense.
Zac Taylor praised the 21-year-old during his appearance on the "Flying Coach" podcast.
“Playmaker is the first word you use,” Taylor said. “It’s not just outside as an X-receiver down the field making 50-50 contested plays. This guy’s got a great understanding of the nuances of route running. He’s patient. He’s got really strong hands. His lower body is similar to a running back. I mean, he’s six feet, 207. Similar to Cooper Kupp in the sense that he’s got unbelievable body control. He’s running full speed but when he judges where the ball is at, he can shut his body down and have that great control to have that great run after the catch to maximize it. Oh yeah, and is hard to bring down on first contact just like Cooper. He usually makes that first guy miss or pulls through the tackle and then he’s got the top-end speed.”
Taylor coached Kupp during his two years with the Rams. He helped Los Angeles evaluate the Eastern Washington product during the pre-draft process in 2017.
Kupp finished sixth in the NFL last season with 525 yards after the catch. If Chase can combine those skills with his elite athleticism, then there's no reason why he can't have a great career in Cincinnati.
Listen to Peter Schrager and Sean McVay's entire conversation with Taylor below.
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