Chase Claypool is turning heads early-on at the NFL combine.
The Notre Dame product reported to the combine at 238 pounds, up almost ten pounds from his weight at the Senior Bowl in January. The native of Abbotsford, B.C. is considering a position change from wideout to tight end to help his draft stock, though it’s evident the extra weight hasn’t slown him down.
Claypool ran an unofficial 4.45 forty-dash on Thursday in his first attempt at the event. That’s outstanding speed for a player weighing in at nearly 240 pounds.
The six-foot-four target had an excellent senior season, making 59 catches for 891 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named the team’s MVP and got an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where he caught a touchdown pass.
Claypool caught 143 passes for 2,013 yards and 18 touchdowns over four seasons with the Fighting Irish. He’ll soon be catching passes in the NFL with the potential of becoming a first-round pick.
You can watch Claypool’s unofficial 4.45 forty-yard dash on video here.
Update: Claypool’s second forty-yard dash clocked in at 4.42 seconds, a slight improvement from his first run. This ranks seventh-best among wide receivers at the NFL combine and ahead of all tight ends.