Chase Claypool 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Strengths, Weaknesses, and Possible Fits
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Chaee Claypool 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
Chase Claypool comes into the 2020 draft as one of many talented wide receivers in what’s being labelled one of, if not the best wide receiver class in the history of the NFL draft. Claypool, a 6’4” senior from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, was an integral part of leading Notre Dame to their 3rd straight 10-win season under head coach Brian Kelly.
Strengths: Claypool is built like a brick house, standing 6’4”, 238 pounds with an 80* wingspan. That combination alone gives him one of the widest catch radius’ in the class when up against tight coverage, his size and length allow Claypool to get up and make plays on the ball. His size and strength also make Claypool a valuable red zone target and a receiver that can push ahead to get 1st downs and rattle off the occasional big play downfield. Claypool is also freakishly athletic, boasting a 40.5” vertical at the scouting combine. Claypool also brings a lot of versatility and position flexibility to the table as he’s played in multiple receiver positions for the Irish as well as a lot of special teams for Notre Dame as well.
Weaknesses: It became more and more obvious throughout the 2019 season and for a good chunk of Claypool’s college career, that improved technique would be needed to sustain a career at the next level. Often times, Claypool wouldn’t get the separation he would need or that he could get mainly due to poor technique as his starting stance and start off of the snap would put him behind the proverbial 8-ball right away. Claypool’s size and strength will help him win his fair share of balls, but improved technique could make him one of the best offensive players taken in the draft when we look back five years down the line.
Outlook/possible fit: Claypool is going to find a home somewhere in this draft, as a receiver with his combination of size, strength, athleticism and experience at multiple positions is hard to come by. There are definitely unpolished aspects of Claypool’s skill set, but with the right coaching staff behind him as well as a solid, accurate quarterback, Claypool could turn into one of the steals of the draft. One place I could see Claypool ending up, is with the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are sure they’ve found their QB of the future in Ryan Tannehill, and if you go by what we saw in an abbreviated 2019 schedule, he’d be a good QB for accurately pinpoint Claypool with a 70.3% completion percentage. The Titans will also be looking to add to the receiving corps that saw A.J. Brown and Corey Davis blossom last year. Another team that could bring Claypool on would be the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are on the hunt for a new addition to their receiving group after trading away Stefon Diggs in the offseason, and if we’re looking for accuracy in a QB, Kirk Cousins wasn’t far behind, completing 69.1% of his passes in 15 games last season. One other potential landing spot, and it’s a bit of a reach, would be New Orleans. Drew Brees completed 74.3% of his passes last year, making him the most accurate in the league percentage wise, and while there may only be a year or two left, helping Claypool learn while also having an accurate QB like Brees throwing to him may speed up his development and do wonders for his skills and confidence down the road.