2021 Devy Prospect Previews: WRs Jamar Chase (LSU) and Mike Strachan (Charleston)
Devy Disclaimer: I only take a quick look at some game tape and review background data on each prospect – it’s a very preliminary look that I could change my mind on with deeper study a year later when these prospects do hit the college all-star bowl games and work the NFL Combine and Pro Days. I don’t have all the data, today, that I need/want for a comprehensive scouting and I’m not taking anywhere near a full amount of time to tape preview -- I’m giving a knee jerk scouting reaction from a basic intro to the player. The good news is…I’m better at this (scouting) than anyone in the world, so my quick eye test is better than the echo chamber’s/football media’s studies – so, I’m your best hope for an initial preview…but don’t write any of this in stone…it’s early with limited data and a whole season of info/tape/data to come on these guys.
WR Mike Strachan, Charleston (rSR)
2019: 78-1,319-19 TDs rec. (11g)
Preview Grade = B/C
For a 6’4”+ small school WR, Strachan has a nice build/frame on him…it was the first thing I noticed to start this preview scouting process. Typically, I see tall small school WRs are really skinny/troublesome with their body…but Strachan has a nice, muscular build. How good is he? Hard to say fully at this point…he’s so utterly dominant a figure at the lower level of college play that it’s hard to tell just how fast and technical he works. The tape looks encouraging, I will say that. He has the ‘look’ of a potential star, but I can’t swear to it by the tape I watched because he’s facing non-NFL DBs regularly.
Reminds me of: Feels more like closer to Kenny Golladay than Antonio Golden-Gandy, but that might be too optimistic early on.
WR Jamarr Chase, LSU (Jr)
2019: 84-1,780-20 TDs rec. (14g)
Preview Grade = B+
Might be an ‘A’ WR prospect for the pros. Here are the scouting pros and cons that I see on a guy scouts adore today…
Pros: Big producer in 2019. Fought toe-to-toe with 1st-round draft pick level corners in 2019…the best CBs tended to cover him, and Joe Burrow wasn’t shy about throwing to him when tightly covered either. Chase is a very good, tough WR prospect.
Cons: Some of his huge 2019 lays at the feet of Joe Burrow being great. Chase seems to have two modes…deep ball sprint (and catch) or timing bubble screen. When Chase was forced to work inside and on timing sideline routes, against better CBs…he wasn’t as lethal, didn’t look as good. Not a physical size or speed that makes you go ‘wow’.
Worst case he’s a solid NFL starter type talent. Best case he’s just really good at football and is more of a Mike Thomas/QB’s best friend option.
Reminds me of: Davante Adams