Especially after his performance in Sunday’s 36-10 shellacking of the Cincinnati Bengals, Chase Claypool has stood out above most other Steelers players due to his sheer talent on the field.
It is almost never an easy transition from the world of college football to the much more diverse and physical game of the National Football League. Some players start at the bottom and climb their way up to greatness, or at the very least a starting job. Meanwhile, there are some others who shined brighter than all challengers at their collegiate powerhouse, all just to be led down a path of forgotten hope that watched their professional career end before it even had a chance to begin blossoming into something real.
However, looking past all of the bleak what-ifs and slaughtered dreams, we see those who not only succeed in the NFL but do so right after their name is called on draft day. One of those troopers that have come out of the woodwork is Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Chase Claypool. In his first nine NFL games, Claypool has not only gone undefeated, but he has amassed quite the stats.
This is all while not being just your typical receiver. In other words, he refrains from just being the guy who runs and holds his hands up; he does more than just one job. This is most noticeable when Pittsburgh breaks out the jet sweep, which they have done rather frequently so far this season. Whenever this play is called, there is a decent chance that the ball is going to Chase.
This is most likely due to his combination of size and speed. He has the traits for an ideal receiver that one would probably look for in a running back: how fast is he, and how easy is it for the defense to bring him down? Well according to his combine data, He stands at just over 6’4″ and weighs almost 240 pounds. Despite this, he still managed to achieve a 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds. So the conclusion to draw is that he’s pretty big and pretty fast.
Whether you’re looking at his yardage, his touchdowns (both receiving and rushing), his speed and size, how those two things make him a good option for both a rushing attack and blocking receiver, Chase Claypool is clearly a jack of all trades. And when you’re the main star within a receiving corps that is one of the deepest in the league, the volumes spoken are all the higher.
If Chase continues to work and grow at the rate that he has so far in his young professional career, he will not only remain the top receiver in Pittsburgh, but he could undoubtedly be a top ten player in the entire NFL. All he needs to reach that status is time, and the people of the Steel City will be eager to watch him every step of the way.