Canadian products Chase Claypool and Neville Gallimore are remaining patient with regards to finding out their NFL destination.
The first round of the NFL Draft came to a close Thursday night without either young man hearing their names called by commissioner Roger Goodell. It’s considered to be a generational class of receivers and six went in round one. On the defensive side, only three d-linemen were chosen.
Day 2 figured to be the real sweet spot for both Claypool and Gallimore when rounds two and three take place Friday night. Each of the athletes from Canada were included in the group of 58 prospects who were included to participate virtually by the NFL league office. Claypool and Gallimore were sent cameras to have live feeds inside their respective homes as the pick-fest unfolds on TV.
At the NFL Combine in February, the six-foot-four, 238-pound Claypool ran an official 40 time of 4.42 seconds, recorded a 40.5-inch vertical leap and 10-foot, six-inch broad jump. There has only been one other performance like it in NFL Combine history: Calvin Johnson. Following a strong senior season with the Fighting Irish, 59 catches for 891 yards and 12 touchdowns, Claypool has scouts believing in his high upside.
Meanwhile, Gallimore was a four-year starter on the University of Oklahoma’s defensive line, recording 148 career tackles, 18 tackles for loss and nine sacks. He was named first-team All-Big12 after a dominant senior season that saw him post 29 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles. The 23-year-old has intriguing potential an an interior disruptor.
It would be a surprise if Claypool and Gallimore don’t come off the board on Day 2.