The Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to be spectators in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft, but that all changed on Day 2 of the selection process. The Steelers had a 2nd round and 3rd round pick at their disposal, and they selected Chase Claypool with their top pick in the process followed by Alex Highsmith at the end of the third round..
Once the picks were announced, of course social media exploded! Some with happiness and joy, but also some with angst and frustration. Nonetheless, it is time to take a look at what was said on social media from the Steelers organization, owners, coaches, teammates and former Steelers.
Check out the responses below, and remember this story will be updated as more players take to social media to talk about the pick, and their thoughts on it.
Remember to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for the rest of the 2020 NFL Draft.
The pick announcement from none other than @JoeManganiello!@ChaseClaypool | #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/JxygWTVxo7— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020
Chase Claypool had 16 receptions on throws beyond 20+ yards— PFF PIT Steelers (@PFF_Steelers) April 25, 2020
Most among draft-eligible players
@ChaseClaypool welcome to the squad! Let’s go to work!— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) April 25, 2020
Chase Claypool's profile:— Hayden Winks (@HaydenWinks) March 30, 2020
+ 21yo and declared early
+ 4.42 speed with a 40.5 vert
+ 94th percentile adjusted production
+ 5-80-1 receiving per game
+ 32% team share of ReYDs
+ played on a good team
+ great on special teams
The tape: pic.twitter.com/LHpTzYt9yM
Been watching u for a while @ChaseClaypool happy for the start of your @NFL journey. Happy to be a veteran to lean on. #HereWeGo— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) April 25, 2020
Damnnnnnn. Don’t be shocked if Chase Claypool becomes DK Metcalf or Vincent Jackson. Seen this kid in person a lot. As impressive as a athlete I have ever seen. Raw. I am betting super star— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) April 25, 2020
Congratulations and a wonderful opportunity!!! https://t.co/pvYv0mXMVG— stephon tuitt (@DOCnation_7) April 25, 2020
Chase Claypool: 6-4, 238— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 25, 2020
Eric Ebron: 6-4, 253
Vance McDonald: 6-4, 267
Several big-bodied targets for Ben Roethlisberger this year.
Welcome young man let’s work ! https://t.co/xJ77tVUCKO— Steve Nelson (@Nelson_Island) April 25, 2020
The @steelers are getting a steal with @ChaseClaypool.— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) April 25, 2020
He is going to make an immediate impact on offense and special teams and will continue the legacy he started at Notre Dame.
Congratulations, Chase! #GraduatingChampions pic.twitter.com/Yo4mgSMPWc
WELCOME!!— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) April 25, 2020
Let’s make it happen! https://t.co/xHX3iyhxeu
The newest member of the wide receiver room! @ChaseClaypool pic.twitter.com/6kF4xq15LH— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020
Rookie WR Chase Claypool says Ben Roethlisberger called him immediately after he got off the phone w/ #Steelers brass. Said JuJu texted him just a few minutes ago. "They've been really good about reaching out and making this pretty special."— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) April 25, 2020
Chase Claypool is rock solid in every phase. Was the most dependable part of ND's team this last season. made tough catches, blocks his ass off, will run the 4 core on ST. STUD.— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) April 25, 2020
#SteelersNation LETS GOOOOOOOOO!!!!! #StairwaytoSeven pic.twitter.com/ZZ5XU94x7v— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) April 25, 2020
The call that made @ChaseClaypool a Pittsburgh Steeler! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/sdEYkPPBda— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020
.@ChaseClaypool is excited to be a part of #SteelersNation! pic.twitter.com/J9ZBwJ5iBb— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020
Highsmith had 14 sacks last season at Charlotte. Likely the No. 3 OLB this season. Potentially a starter in 2021. #Steelers #dkps— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) April 25, 2020
.@highsmith34 waiting to hear his name called in the @NFL draft. #NFLDraft2020 pic.twitter.com/ekNV8qRq83— John Smist (@JohnSmistWECT) April 25, 2020
When dreams became a reality for LB Alex Highsmith! #SteelersDraft— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020
: NFLN/ESPN/ABC pic.twitter.com/sEoWE0xkDk
A life-changing moment for @highsmith34! pic.twitter.com/G5EbP3Uqm4— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020
Alex Highsmith is a ...— (@CharlotteFTBL) April 25, 2020
PITTSBURGH STEELER ‼️
Round 3 | Pick 102#NFLDraft @Steelers | #CLTmade pic.twitter.com/JPTC5NLNdQ
Tomlin says he enjoyed getting to know Alex Highsmith through the draft process. Noticed that he's a "technician" in studying pass rush.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 25, 2020
Says he really took a jump in 2019.
Colbert on Highsmith: We don't think this kid is anywhere near where he might be down the road.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 25, 2020
Who is Alex Highsmith?— John Ellis (@OnePantherPlace) April 21, 2020
✅Local product, obviously.
✅Ideal 34 OLB fit.
✅Superb timing on his rush.
✅Still developing frame/build.
Alex Highsmith Film Cuts pic.twitter.com/POFLq3PxrY
.@steelers @highsmith34 has skills as the all-time leading slacker at #Charlotte. Keep your OLB position stacked as you lead the @NFL in sacks and takeaways in 2019 #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/368A2bw8Bu— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) April 25, 2020
Alex Highsmith said during his conversation with Coach Tomlin and Kevin Colbert it seemed like he'd be a special teams guy in 2020 and back-up T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree.— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) April 25, 2020
Ready to work!— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020
And don't worry @highsmith34, we'll be sure to get you some new gear #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/cmRtdORCka
GM Kevin Colbert on Alex Highsmith: "He's not going to get a redshirt year."— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 25, 2020
My guy @highsmith34 !! God is good! 3rd Round. @steelers @CharlotteFTBL pic.twitter.com/N2k4xapvIU— Coach Woodz (@Coach_Jwoodz) April 25, 2020
Here is what @highsmith34 has to say about being drafted by the @steelers pic.twitter.com/oKbCZYNbXx— John Smist (@JohnSmistWECT) April 25, 2020
Good talking with new Steeler Alex Highsmith this morning. He said he grew up a big Panthers fan — his twitter bio had #KeepPounding until last night — but he’s excited to play for the Steelers and join the prestige position group. He also called James Harrison a GOAT. pic.twitter.com/esSZbsxPXn— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 25, 2020