The Steelers had the first day of the 2020 NFL Draft off, so they finally made their first pick, (the 49th pick overall) in the second round with the big, fast Notre Dame receiver Chase Claypool.
The 6-4, 238 pound wideout has big measurables for a receiver of his side. Good on jump balls and is a special teamer, but struggles to change directions.
The Steelers receivers took a step back last year after losing Antonio Brown. JuJu Smith-Schuster showed he wasn’t quite ready to wear the mantle of a No. 1 receiver, and spent a great deal managing injuries. Pittsburgh has also been patient with James Washington but he’s on thin ice.
Given the way Smith-Schuster played last year, one wonders if Diontae Johnson led the team in receiving because of injuries or if he is someone to make note of going forward. If not, look for Claypool to make some nose. Then again, Ben Roethlisberger will be back under center and that could change our opinion of how to view these receivers.