The Pittsburgh Steelers gave us a mild surprise last night at pick 49.  No one had Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool pegged to the team, especially that early.  Most had him as a late second, early third round pick at best.  The Steelers were clearly impressed with Claypool’s considerable athletic gifts however.  When it comes to this position, there may be no better team at evaluating talent so we should all defer to them for now.  Here is a short overview on what the Steelers got at pick 49 last night:

The Numbers:

6’4” – 238lbs

4.42 – 40 yard dash

40.5″ vertical – 122” broad

139 SPARQ score (4th overall at WR)

2019 stats:

66 rec

1037 yards

13 touchdowns

The Skinny:

We have been hammering this point home for some time now, SPARQ score is a metric the Pittsburgh Steelers value as much as any team in the NFL. Steelers value SPARQ score when evaluating draft prospects

Not only is Claypool athletic, but he has the size to match.  Running a 4.4 forty at 238 pounds is a feat very rarely seen. This all lends itself to being a dangerous red zone threat.  Claypool had thirteen touchdowns for the Fighting Irish in 2019.  Pittsburgh struggled in that area last season, making this pick make sense even more.

Chase Claypool was also a huge contributor on special teams during his time in college.  That bodes well for him making an immediate impact for the Steelers in year one.  For a full scouting report check out Lance Zierlin’s report here: