PROS: Height, weight, speed, physical specimen. Won’t get bumped off his spot as a route runner or at the catch point and he embraces the physical components of the position. Comes down with his share of contested catches where he finds success because of his frame and body positioning. Love the way he competes after the catch and challenges defenders with physicality. He isn’t overly creative but he battles for yards and works to find space. Has experience adjusting to erratic throws from the Notre Dame quarterbacks and he improved their accuracy. Does well to extend his catch radius, particularly above the rim. He isn’t overly twitchy but there is some deceptiveness to his route running ability. Will eat up off-man coverage and will be a mismatch from the slot. Makes good adjustments running routes against zone, showcasing good pace and timing. Experienced working on special teams coverage units.
CONS: Invites a lot of contact while offering plenty of surface area and him beating press coverage with consistency is an area of concern. Lacks ideal agility to truly create separation at the top of routes and he has considerably more success when runways are created for him to gain leverage. Would not call him a natural hands catcher and he prefers to guide it into his frame. There are reps where he doesn’t appear ready for the balls arrival. I don’t envision much success separating with hard horizontal breaks or working back to the football on hooks/curls.
BEST TRAIT - Size
WORST TRAIT - Separation Quickness
RED FLAGS - None
NFL COMP - Allen Lazard
Chase Claypool illustrated steady growth throughout his career at Notre Dame, peeking as a senior in 2019 when he caught 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. The appeal with Claypool stems from his size, catch radius and straight line speed. He finds success in contested situations and has the ability to out-muscle most defenders. With that said, separation quickness, release technique and inconsistent catching technique are notable items to be concerned with when projecting him to the next level. Claypool is likely to be challenged with plenty of contact at the release and catch point in the NFL, making it necessary for him to continue to showcase his physical demeanor and win in tightly contested situations. Claypool has limitations to be mindful of, but he can fulfill a niche role as a big slot that provides a complementary weapon for an offense that features speed and separation specialists to draw coverage away from Claypool and provide spacing for him to work. Claypool is a proven special teams performer, adding value to his incomplete skill set that will enable him to stick at the next level.