Chase Claypool: Is He the Future Number 1 Wideout in Pittsburgh?

Chase Claypool was drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He was added to an already young and strong wide receiver room. In fact, the entirety of the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver group is under the age of 25.

Following the 2020 season, Juju Smith-Schuster will be a free agent. Given the Steelers’ salary cap situation, it will be interesting to see if they can keep Smith-Schuster in Pittsburgh. Juju is currently the Steelers number-one receiver, but if the team can’t keep him around who will take over that mantle?

Week 5 of the 2020 season may have given us a glimpse of who it will be. Chase Claypool put himself on the map with a four-touchdown performance against the Eagles.

During the 2020 scouting combine, he joined Detroit Lions great Calvin Johnson as the only wideouts 6’4” and 235 pounds or bigger to run a sub-4.45 second forty-yard dash. Now, that doesn’t mean that he will have the same type of career as Johnson, but so far it looks like he has the potential to be a similarity, great player.

Moving forward Claypool has all of the intangibles to be a true number-one receiver. If Smith-Schuster is not around following the 2020 season, it would be huge for the Steelers if Claypool can take over as the top receiver.

That would give the Steelers a true number-one threat in Claypool. They would also still have Diontae Johnson and James Washington to round out their wide receiver core. Ray-Ray McCloud could continue to play as a slot receiver and a weapon on jet sweeps.

Even better, would be to keep Smith-Schuster around and give Ben Roethlisberger a dominant one-two punch at wide receiver.

It is still probably much too early in Claypool’s career to crown him as anything more than a quality rookie wide receiver. But we will continue to see how he grows as the season continues and see if he truly can become a weapon similar to what Calvin Johnson was for the Lions.

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