Ja’Marr Chase, Terrace Marshall Jr. Show off Elite Speed at LSU Pro Day

Adam WellsMarch 31, 2021

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 13: LSU Tigers wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) finds open field after a pass reception during the CFP National Championship game between the LSU Tigers and Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

For the first time in more than one year, NFL scouts and executives got a close look at what Ja'Marr Chase has to offer when he took part in LSU's pro day on Wednesday. 

Chase, who opted out of the 2020 season, and Terrace Marshall Jr. were among the featured players showing off their skills in Baton Rouge. 

In a deep wide receiver class, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has Chase ranked second at the position behind Alabama's DeVonta Smith and the No. 4 player overall. Marshall is the No. 6 wide receiver in the 2021 class. 

The initial impression from Chase based on his measurables seems to be wildly positive:

LSU Football @LSUfootball

The debate is over. Have a day @Real10jayy__ pic.twitter.com/BuZFHnori9


Ja’Marr Chase at his Pro Day 👀<br>Vertical: 41”<br>Broad Jump: 11’<br><br>DK Metcalf at the combine:<br>Vertical: 40.5”<br>Broad jump: 11'2"<br><br>Julio Jones:<br>Vertical: 40.5"<br>Broacd: 11'3" pic.twitter.com/Obu66oLfrx

NFL Update @MySportsUpdate

LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase just did a 41-inch vertical jump at his Pro Day. He then followed that up with a ridiculous 11-foot broad jump. Certified freak.

Paul Dehner Jr. @pauldehnerjr

Going back through the NFL Combine records since 2000, number of participants (any position) checking all these MINIMUM boxes: <br><br>Height: 5-11<br>Weight: 195<br>40: 4.40<br>Bench: 20<br>Broad: 11 feet<br>Vert: 40<br><br>DK Metcalf. And now Ja’Marr Chase. That’s the list.

The speed from both players in the 40-yard dash was one of the first things that seemed to jump out at scouts. 

Jane Slater @SlaterNFL

#LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase 4.38 40 will also only run once pic.twitter.com/bpFL3AZaWv

Jane Slater @SlaterNFL

4.38 40 for #LSU WR Terrace Marshall. He opted to run once after that pic.twitter.com/kUB4oNrtvb

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

4.38 for Terrace Marshall (WR-LSU). <br><br>Might get him into Round 1 as a big receiver in this smaller WR class.

B/R's Connor Rogers noted that Marshall's measurables compare favorably to 2020 second-round pick Denzel Mims:

Connor Rogers @ConnorJRogers

Terrace Marshall side by side with Denzel Mims<br><br>6'2 5/8 vs. 6'2 7/8<br>205 lbs. vs. 207 lbs.<br>4.38 forty vs. 4.38 forty<br>39" vert vs. 38.5"<br>10'5" broad vs. 10'11"<br>78 1/8" wingspan vs. 78 1/2"

Jane Slater @SlaterNFL

19 for #LSU WR Terrace Marshall. Also, can I borrow this hype team for my workouts #letsgo pic.twitter.com/YAPN7IvgFg

PFF Draft @PFF_College

NFL DRAFT STONKS 💰<br><br>🚀 Terrace Marshall Jr, LSU WR<br>🚀 Elijah Moore, Ole Miss WR<br>📉 Shaun Wade, OSU CB<br>📉 Dylan Moses, Bama LBhttps://t.co/swpkMnFALg pic.twitter.com/J5yrnzK1Nw

Mims went No. 59 overall to the New York Jets, but he stayed at Baylor for all four years and is three years older right now than Marshall is coming out of LSU. 

In an otherwise disappointing 2020 season for LSU, Marshall was a standout on the offense. The Louisiana native led the Tigers with 48 receptions, 10 touchdowns and finished second on the team with 731 receiving yards. 

The last time Chase was on the field, he put the finishing touches on one of the best seasons by a wide receiver in SEC history. He won the 2019 Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best wideout after racking up 84 receptions, 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. 

Chase was catching passes that season from current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. 

Todd McShay @McShay13

LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase is ridiculously talented! His 41-inch vertical and 11-foot broad confirms the lower-body explosiveness we all see on tape. I’ll be shocked if he gets past Miami at No. 6 (and reuniting with Burrow in Cincy at 5 is a legit possibility).

The Bengals own the No. 5 pick in the 2021 NFL draft. If the board plays out as expected, with at least the first three picks being quarterbacks, Chase could be available to Cincinnati. 

The last game Chase played with Burrow was on Jan. 13, 2020, in the College Football Playoff Championship Game against Clemson. The 21-year-old had 221 yards and two touchdowns in the LSU's 42-25 win.