5 trade packages Steelers could accept for WR Chase Claypool

Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images) /

Steelers could trade with Lions

This is the most basic trade, and it is ultimately where I perceive Claypool’s value to be. While his second season was a disappointment, that was due more to the fact that he was as good as he was as a rookie. Instead of making any significant jumps, his yardage and catches remained relatively consistent while his touchdowns regressed. That said, he still posted nearly 900 yards on the year, a healthy number for a receiver.

The Lions, meanwhile, will be looking for two receivers to pair with their rising star in slot receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. Claypool would comfortably slot into one of the outside roles and help stretch a defense deep. As well, he is a big play waiting to happen, so whoever is throwing the ball for the Lions can utilize Claypool as a down-the-field threat.

While one could argue that Claypool is only worth a fourth-round pick, recent trends for receivers seem to indicate a high upside option like Claypool with two years left on his rookie deal is worth a third-round pick. Brandon Cooks went for a second last offseason, so a third seems right for Claypool. The Lions add to their depleted receiver room while the Steelers get some value back for their previous investment.