Canadian receiver Chase Claypool impressed NFL scouts at the league’s combine in February and its translated into draft hype which could result in a first round selection.
Longtime ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. released his latest mock and it has Claypool being picked 30th overall by the Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay cut Jimmy Graham and hasn’t added any receiving help this offseason, so I’m sticking with a wide receiver for its pick, though it’s the third different wideout in my three mock drafts. Like Denzel Mims, Claypool had an electrifying combine, running a 4.42 40 and putting up a 40.5-inch vertical at 6-foot-4, 238 pounds.
This might be a slight reach, but a team could fall in love with his traits, and he produced last season, catching 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. He could be a matchup nightmare for Aaron Rodgers.
Chase Claypool at the 2020 NFL Combine
• Bigger than Cameron Wake
• Faster than Odell Beckham Jr.
• Stronger than Jared Allen
• Jumps higher than Julio Jones
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) February 28, 2020
Claypool capped his NCAA career with an MVP performance in the Camping World Bowl. He made seven receptions for 146 yards and one touchdown in the University of Notre Dame’s 33-9 victory against Iowa State University. The six-foot-four, 238-pound Claypool was a mismatch versus the Cyclones’ small secondary.
The Abbotsford, B.C. native was named the Irish’s Most Valuable Player for the 2019 season, making 66 catches for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. He totalled 150 grabs for 2,159 yards and 19 touchdowns over four seasons with Notre Dame.
The NFL draft is set for April 23-25 and Claypool is projected to be a Day 1 or Day 2 selection. With Kiper’s mock it’s increased the chances Claypool could be a first round choice.