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Chase Claypool named to PFWA All-Rookie Team

The Steelers 2020 second-round pick was one of two rookie wide receivers selected to the team.

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The Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) All-Rookie Team was announced on Tuesday and the Steelers’ top draft pick for the 2020 NFL draft was selected to the team. Wide receiver Chase Claypool was the only member of the Steelers to earn All-Rookie honors.

The PFWA is made up of accredited writers who cover the 32 NFL teams on a daily basis. They are made up of sports writers from various sources such as The Athletic, ESPN.com, profootballtalk.com, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, and Newsday.

Chase Claypool tied the Steelers rookie record in receiving touchdowns (9) and total touchdowns (11) in 2020. Both marks were tied with Louis Lipps in 1984 and the total touchdowns also is tied with Franco Harris in 1972. Claypool also led the NFL in receiving touchdowns among rookies.

Claypool finished the regular season appearing in all 16 games where he had 873 receiving yards along with his nine receiving touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. In the Steelers Wild Card Game, Claypool added another five receptions for 59 yards and two more touchdowns.

Claypool was joined on the All-Rookie team by fellow wide receiver Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings.

Interesting enough, Claypool did not end up on Pro Football Focus’ All-Rookie Team as he was edged out by Jefferson, Tee Higgins of the Cincinnati Bengals, and Brandon Aiyuk of the San Francisco 49ers. Instead, two other Steelers rookies made the PFF All-Rookie Team in guard Kevin Dotson and outside linebacker Alex Highsmith, neither of which were selected to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. Dotson was not selected in place of Damian Lewis of the Seattle Seahawks and Mike Onwenu of the New England Patriots. As for Highsmith, PFWA selects their team where edge rushers are included on the defensive line. For 2020, three defensive tackles were chosen and only one edge rusher in Chase Young, who was also PFWA’s 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The entire PFWA All-Rookie Team can be seen here:

Congratulations to Chase Claypool on his selection and an outstanding rookie season in 2020.