5 Steelers that we should be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend

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Chase Claypool

While certainly the youngest option on this list, Chase Claypool has the most upside of almost any player on this list. Despite only being a second-round pick and entering a crowded receiver room, Claypool has suddenly become a blossoming star in this league. He has proven to be a weapon all over the field. He can win deep, short, with his elusiveness, and even as a runner. There are 31 teams right now that are questioning why he was so far down their draft board.

Going forward, Claypool will be an integral part of this defense in Roethlisberger’s final years and a core building component after he retires. He has incredible size and speed that makes him an instant mismatch, and his route running is improving. The biggest issue so far has been his inconsistencies with his hands as he has dropped a few that were very catchable. That said, his youth means he can fix that issue.

Moving forward, Claypool will likely be considered the Steelers’ best receiver by the end of the year. After that, he has the chance to climb the ranks of the receiver tiers in the NFL. Assuming his hands get better, there won’t be many issues to critique Claypool. It will be interesting to see how he does without Roethlisberger throwing the ball to him, but as of now, he looks like one of the true young stars on this team.