The B.C. Lions have added ultra athletic Canadian receiver Chase Claypool to the team’s exclusive negotiation list.
General manager Ed Hervey put Claypool among his 45 names on Friday May 1, 2020, one week after he was selected in the NFL draft.
Claypool was picked in the second round, 49th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Because rookie contracts are slotted, it’s known Claypool will be paid over $6.6 million on a four-year pact, which included a $2.37 million signing bonus. Due to his high selection in the NFL, Claypool was not chosen in the 2020 CFL draft.
The Abbotsford, B.C. native put on a phenomenal performance at the NFL combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds at six-foot-four and 238 pounds. He also recorded a 40.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-foot, six-inch broad jump, and 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Claypool bulked up prior to the combine in preparation for a potential position change. Though he caught 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns at receiver in 2019, some scouts believe he could be even more impactful as a tight end. Given his combination of size and athleticism, Claypool has the tools necessary to play either position in the modern NFL.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert feels Claypool is a sharp young man with great size, speed and competitiveness, the last superlative stood out during his work on special teams. Head coach Mike Tomlin was really impressed by Claypool’s physicality and believe he can compete for playing time on offence immediately.
It’s highly unlikely, but if Claypool ever needed a job playing professional football, the hometown Lions own his CFL rights.