Star LSU Receiver Ja’Marr Chase Expected to Opt Out of Season to Prepare for NFL Draft

Ja’Marr Chase, one of the best wide receivers in the country, has informed LSU that he intends to opt out of this college football season and declare for the NFL Draft, Dennis Dodd of CBS reports.

In Outkick’s recent mock draft, Chase went fifth overall and was the first wide receiver off the board. Last season he had 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. Yes, that’s over 20 yards per reception at that volume. Bananas.

There are, obviously, extenuating circumstances in this college football season, but this is as high profile a player opting out of a season as I can ever remember. Minnesota receiver Rashad Bateman and Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons are both opting out, but those decisions came with the Big Ten postponing their fall football season.

Nonetheless, when you think about it, it’s a pretty rational decision for someone like Chase, whose draft stock had more risk than reward of playing this season. We’ll see if this becomes a trend amongst players who are expected to go in the front end of the first round.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. I’m not sure this is a good idea that will “increase” your draft position. I can’t think of a good outcome when a player has chosen this route. This guy could be a top 5 level pick, but after sitting out over a year from any football game action I’m not sure NFL scouts will see that as a positive. We will see how they evaluate him now.

  2. I agree that his stock would probably go down after looking really good with Joe Burrow last year. Make adult decisions and if your team loses key position players like the Heisman trophy winner, you might also consider preserving yourself to make millions at the next level.

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