Pittsburgh Steelers Canadian receiver Chase Claypool will be able to play on the virtual field before the real one.
Madden 21 released its offensive rookie rankings on Tuesday, July 14, and Claypool checked in at a respectable 70 overall. The Abbotsford, B.C. native earned the following ratings: 95 jumping; 92 speed; 89 acceleration; 86 toughness; 86 stamina; 84 spectacular catch; and 83 vision. Those accurately highlight Claypool’s elite athleticism which was on full display at the 2020 NFL combine.
Claypool put on a phenomenal performance in Indianapolis, running the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds at six-foot-four and 238 pounds while recording a 40.5-inch vertical leap, 10-foot, six-inch broad jump, and pumping out 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. The 71 strength rating doesn’t properly reflect the 22-year-olds real life capabilities, although it is hard for rookies to be rated above 80 overall in Madden.
The highest rated first-year player on offence was 2020 number one overall NFL pick, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow who was tied by Las Vegas Raiders first round selection, receiver Henry Ruggs. He was one of 10 rookie pass catchers rated above Claypool.
Using the Steelers offence could be a popular choice for gamers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is healthy, same with running back James Conner and No. 1 target Juju Smith-Schuster. Add free agent tight end Eric Ebron along with Claypool and Pittsburgh’s other young receivers, and the attack could be a problem for defences on the video game gridiron.