The Pittsburgh Steelers might not have had a first round draft pick, but the fan base is certainly excited about their top draft pick, Chase Claypool. The wide receiver from Notre Dame is a monster of a man. 6’4”, 230 pounds and runs an astonishing 4.4 40-yard dash.
As is the case with the entire NFL Draft process, when prospects are added to rosters people immediately want to attach comparisons (comps) to the player to give fans an idea as to what they can expect from their latest draft pick.
Pertaining to Claypool, the comparisons have been impressive, to say the least. He has been compared to everyone from former Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant to none other than “Megatron” himself, Calvin Johnson.
Chris Simms, of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk, did a detailed breakdown of why he thinks Claypool has more traits similar to Johnson than anyone else in the 2020 NFL Draft class.
Check out the breakdown here:
For Steelers fans, when it comes to Claypool and Bryant’s measurables, just see how close they are:
6’3 3/4” 211 lbs 4.42 40-yard dash
124” broad jump
6’4” 238 lbs 4.42 40-yard dash
126” broad jump
Needless to say, when it comes to the physical aspects of the game, Claypool should have no problem fitting into the NFL from Day 1. However, that isn’t to suggest his game is perfected. He still has work to do going against NFL defensive backs, and he will have to prove himself as a true deep threat before he gets the respect most are expecting of him during his career.
What do you think of the comparisons for Claypool? Do you think Bryant is a better comp, or do you think Johnson is actually a legitimate comparison? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes leading up to the 2020 regular season.