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Chase Claypool


#26 Wide Receiver

146 Projected Points

ADP: 6.11
Bye: 7
Experience: 1 Yr(s)
Age: N/A
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 238
40 Time: Not Available

2021 Projections & Outlook


#26 Wide Receiver

146 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
6.11 67 947 8 3

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What You Need to Know:

-Claypool broke out as a senior at Notre Dame in 2019 (66-1,037-13).

-At 6’4, 227 pounds, he’s an incredible athlete. In the pre-draft process, he recorded a 4.42 forty-time, a 40.5-inch vertical, a 126-inch broad jump and 19 bench reps. Each mark ranked in the 82nd percentile or better among Combine WRs since 1999.

-Pittsburgh selected him in Round 2 of the 2020 draft.

-Claypool earned the trust of Ben Roethlisberger and the coaching staff as a rookie. He led all Pittsburgh pass catchers with 9 targets inside the 10 yard-line. He even saw 3 goal line attempts on jet motions, scoring twice.

-Claypool played 62.9% of the snaps. That ranked behind JuJu Smith-Schuster (83.9%) and Diontae Johnson (66.6%) but ahead of James Washington (44.1%).

-The rookie was volatile, though. He finished as a WR1 3 times and outside the top-50 6 times.

-His 16.7% target share (16 games) placed him behind Diontae Johnson’s mark of 22.0% (15 games) and JuJu Smith-Schuster's mark of 19.6% (16 games).

-Claypool used his physicality and long strides to uncover vs. press coverage. Per Matt Harmon’s Reception Perception charting, Claypool had a 75.4% success rate vs. press (80th percentile).

-An average depth of target at nearly 14 yards showed his value as a downfield threat. He ranked 11th among WRs in air yards.

-Unfortunately for Claypool’s 2021 upside, JuJu Smith-Schuster re-signed in free agency. Diontae Johnson and Eric Ebron return as well.

-Pittsburgh’s selection of Najee Harris in Round 1 says they want to commit to a more balanced approach under 1st-year OC Matt Canada. Last year, Roethlisberger ranked 3rd in pass attempts, while the team ranked 2nd in pass rate.

-Pittsburgh trotted out 3+ WRs on 80% of its 2020 plays. Adding Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth in Round 2 might force that number to come down a bit.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

Claypool shattered expectations as a 2020 rookie. Filling a deep role for a Pittsburgh, the Notre Dame product brought back shades of Martavis Bryant. Claypool took 14 of his 62 catches for 20+ yards. He even punched in a pair of goal line rushing TDs.

The arrival of Najee Harris might limit those chances — and Claypool’s overall target potential.

That reality — plus the return of Johnson and Smith-Schuster — make it tough to project a major year 2 leap for Claypool. Still, if Ben Roethlisberger can stay healthy, the 2nd-year pro figures to stick as a WR3 with several more week-winning lines.


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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac expects the Steelers to get WR Chase Claypool involved in the offense "quickly." Dulac calls the rookie 1 of the stars of training camp. Claypool figures to open the season as Pittsburgh's #4 WR behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and James Washington -- although we could see him eat into Washington's snaps. We'll keep an eye on Claypool's playing time early on.

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The Steelers drafted Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He was notably announced as a WR. That’s where he played in college, but many scouts think he’d be better at TE. Claypool brings a freaky combination of size and athleticism. The 6’4, 238-pounder clocked a 4.42-second 40 time with a 40.5-inch vertical at the Combine. He finished with a 98th percentile SPARQ score. We didn’t see that level of athleticism on tape, though. It takes him a while to get to full speed, and he’s a bit lumbering when changing direction. On the plus side, he’s strong in contested situations and is tough to bring down after the catch. Claypool will battle with Diontae Johnson and James Washington for snaps behind JuJu Smith-Schuster.

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