Bengals closing in on Ja’Marr Chase over Penei Sewell at No. 5?

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Chris Roling
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Is the Ja’Marr Chase vs. Penei Sewell debate close to ending for the Cincinnati Bengals as the 2021 NFL draft approaches?

That’s the vibe given off via a new report from Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer, who told Jason McIntyre on Fox Sports Radio the following: “The latest I’m hearing is the Bengals are targeting Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Burrow’s former teammate at LSU.”

It’s a line of thinking that has slowly been emerging over the last two weeks given the makeup for the 2021 class itself. Meaning, the wealth of offensive line talent but no other player on Chase’s level equates to the Bengals making the former LSU wideout the pick before searching out line help later in the draft.

Feel free to add on the fact the Bengals love three-wideout sets and Chase is wildly elite in YAC stats. Never mind that after implementing a ton of LSU concepts in the offense last year, the Bengals went out and added another former Joe Burrow teammate on waivers recently with tight end Thaddeus Moss.

Disclaimer — we’re right in the thick of smokescreen season. But the logical signs and some reporting sure hint that Chase could be the guy at No. 5.

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