Chase Claypool

Overall Rank
WR154
2023
Height
6' 4"
Weight
238 lbs
Arm Length
32"
(71st)
Draft Pick
2.17
(2020)
College
Notre Dame
Age
25.7
Best Comparable Player
Brandon Marshall
Workout Metrics
4.42
88th
129.8
100th
131.9
91st
40-Yard Dash
Speed Score
Burst Score
Agility Score
Catch Radius
High School Metrics
33.4%
(66th)
College Dominator
28.6%
(86th)
College Target Share
21.2
(32nd)
Breakout Age

Chase Claypool Bio

Chase Claypool is a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was drafted in the second round with the 49th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Born in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Claypool attended Abbotsford Senior Secondary School and played both basketball and football as a senior, setting several school records as a receiver. Claypool would enroll at Notre Dame as a four-star receiver in the 2016 recruiting class and posted a career receiving line of 66-2159-19. As a senior, Claypool would post career-highs in receiving, going for 66-1037-13, serving as the No.1 receiver for the Irish on the year. A true size/speed specimen. Claypool comes in at a hulking 6-foot-4, 238-pounds but boasts elite speed with an 88th-percentile 40 time dash (4.42) and 100th-percentile Speed Score (129.8).

In each of his first two seasons with the Steelers, Claypool has looked like a wide receiver on the cusp of putting everything together for an elite season, but things have not quite materialized as he heads into year three. He has gone for 800+ yards in each of his first two seasons in the league and has a career receiving line of 121-1733-11, and has also rushed 24 times for another 112 yards and two scores. The Steelers love finding ways to get the ball into Claypool’s hands, although he’s never had more than 14 carries in either of his two seasons.

At times Claypool struggles with drops, posting 12 through his first two years and seven in 2021, the 12th most of any player in the league, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a top-36 wide receiver in fantasy points per game in either year, posting 13.4 points per game as a rookie (WR34) and 11.1 in 2021 good for a fantasy ranking of WR36. Given his size and speed, the key to unlocking Claypool in 2022 could come down to better quarterback play. As a rookie, Claypool was third in deep balls (31) and ninth in total air yards (1,448). He was also fifth in unrealized air yards (907). Things dropped off a bit for Claypool for these categories in 2021, but with a dusty Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, who averaged just 6.7 air yards per attempt, that’s to be expected.

In terms of playing time, Claypool saw plenty of snaps in his second season. He ranked 26th in total routes run (484) and 34th in overall snap share (80.2%). He struggled with catching at times, totaling seven drops on the year but ranked 33rd in total YAC (270). His 18.7% target share ranked 44th amongst fellow receivers.

Assuming that the Steelers roll with free agent signee Mitchell Trubisky and don’t go with Mason Rudolph as their starter in 2022, nearly any quarterback is an improvement over last year's remains of Ben Roethlisberger. With an upgrade at the quarterback position and leftover targets from the departures of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Ray-Ray McCloud, Claypool looms as a post-hype sleeper heading into 2022.