There are a lot of storylines to take away from the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night. One of them is how many dynamic college football duos were reunited with selections from various teams.
The Twitter account NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) was the one who brought full attention to the interesting trend. It all started with Ja’Marr Chase going No. 5 to the Cincinnati Bengals. His former quarterback at LSU, Joe Burrow, was the team’s top pick in 2020.
And that quarterback-wide receiver duo absolutely thrived for the Tigers back in 2019.
Of Burrow’s 5,671 passing yards and 60 touchdowns, almost a third of it went to Chase. The 6-foot, 208-pound pass-catcher hauled in 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 scores, averaging an eye-popping 21.19 yards per catch in the process.
Reuniting Burrow with his favorite target wasn’t a lone decision on that front. As NFL Update points out on Twitter, there was also Tua Tagovailoa reuniting with Jaylen Waddle in Miami and DeVonta Smith joining Jalen Hurts up in Philadelphia.
Pretty wild coincidence that both of the former Alabama quarterbacks who are now starters in the NFL were given a familiar pass-catcher from Tuscaloosa. Those decisions will certainly help both signal-callers.
And then there was Urban Meyer and the Jaguars. After taking Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick, Jacksonville then used its second Day 1 selection on getting Lawrence his running back from Clemson. Travis Etienne was taken No. 25 overall.
That combination worked out well for the Tigers on the college level, so why not give it a shot?
Reunited and it feels so good…#Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne.#Bengals: Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase.#Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa and Jaylen Waddle.#Eagles: Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith. pic.twitter.com/ed7AHNX9A2
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) April 30, 2021
I wonder what the odds of all four of those things happening in the same draft look like. Probably slim.
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