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Insider Only Day 2 Buzz: By design, Steelers add a different type of receiver to their young mix

Steelers go WR, OLB on Day-2

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool (6-4, 238) with the 49th overall pick and capped off the night in going outside linebacker in the third round, selecting Charlotte’s Alex Highsmith.

Claypool was the 11th wide receiver drafted and while no one had Claypool linked to Pittsburgh, the player himself didn’t think he was on Pittsburgh’s radar.

“Pittsburgh would have been my last guess,” said Claypool in a conference call with reporters.

In an extremely deep wide receiver group, Claypool despite Calvin Johnson type measurables, was a player in the teens on many draft insider boards.

Mel Kiper had Claypool ranked as his 11th best receiver in his draft rankings and Claypool was on nobody’s board as a sure-fire second round type talent.

At Notre Dame in 2019, Claypool caught 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. The knock on Claypool is that while he has a great speed from a forty time standpoint, he doesn’t play fast and there’s been concerns about his separation ability against big boys at the NFL level who can match the size/strength, which will be different ball game than at the college level.

Yet, there’s a lot of tools that drew the Steelers to him.

“He’s one of those rare types Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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