Chase Claypool
Claypool with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021
No. 11 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1998-07-07) July 7, 1998 (age 23)
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:Abbotsford Senior Secondary School (Abbotsford)
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Receptions:121
Receiving yards:1,733
Receiving touchdowns:11
Rushing yards:112
Rushing touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Chase Claypool (born July 7, 1998) is a Canadian gridiron football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame and was drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early years

Claypool attended Abbotsford Senior Secondary School in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada[1][2] where he played both basketball and AA football in his senior years.[3][4] During his career, he set numerous school receiving records. After receiving recruitment offers from several top-tier US colleges,[5] Claypool decided to commit to the University of Notre Dame to play college football.[6][7]

College career

Claypool played in 12 games as a true freshman at Notre Dame in 2016. He finished the season with five receptions for 81 yards and led the team in special teams tackles with 11.[8] As a sophomore in 2017, he started eight of 12 games, recording 29 receptions for 402 yards and two touchdowns.[9][10] As a junior in 2018, Claypool started 12 of 13 games, finishing second on the team with 50 receptions for 639 yards and four touchdowns.[11] Claypool took over as Notre Dame's number one receiver his senior year in 2019, a season in which he caught 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns.[12][13]

Notre Dame Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
2016 ND 12 5 81 0
2017 ND 12 29 402 2
2018 ND 13 50 639 4
2019 ND 13 66 1,037 13
College Totals 50 150 2,159 19

Source:[14]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
6 ft 4+14 in
(1.94 m)
229 lb
(104 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
4.42 s 1.56 s 2.57 s 40.5 in
(1.03 m)
10 ft 6 in
(3.20 m)
19 reps 27
All values from NFL Combine[15]

Claypool was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round, 49th overall, in the 2020 NFL Draft as the team's first selection.[16] Although eligible as a Canadian and rated as the No. 2 prospect, Claypool went undrafted in the 2020 CFL Draft.[17][18]

On July 22, 2020, Claypool signed a rookie contract with the Steelers worth $6.6 million over four years.[19]

On September 20, during Week 2 against the Denver Broncos, Claypool finished with three receptions for 88 receiving yards, including an 84-yard touchdown, as the Steelers won 26–21.[20]

In Week 5, against the Philadelphia Eagles, Claypool finished with 110 receiving yards and four total touchdowns (three receiving & one rushing), both career highs, as the Steelers won 38–29. With his Week 5 effort, Claypool became the first Steelers rookie in franchise history to score four touchdowns in a game, and the first Steeler since Roy Jefferson in 1968 to do so.[21] Claypool also became the only wide receiver in NFL history to accomplish this feat in the same game. His performance helped the team start out with a 4–0 record for the first time since 1979.[22] On October 14, 2020, Claypool was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 5.[23]

In Week 10, against the Cincinnati Bengals, he had four receptions for 56 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in 36–10 victory.[24]

In the Wild Card round of the playoffs against the Cleveland Browns, Claypool recorded 5 catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns during the 48–37 loss.[25]

NFL statistics

NFL career statistics
Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Returning Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 PIT 16 6 62 873 14.1 84T 9 10 16 1.6 8 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 1
2021 PIT 15 13 59 860 14.6 59 2 14 96 6.9 25 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Career 31 19 121 1,733 14.3 84T 11 24 112 4.7 25 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

Personal life

Claypool also runs a YouTube channel.[26]

References

  1. ^ Brugler, Dane (September 18, 2019). "Meet the Prospect: Chase Claypool's journey from British..." The Athletic. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  2. ^ Azpiri, Jon (April 24, 2020). "B.C.'s Chase Claypool drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 2nd round of NFL Draft". Global News. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "Abby products win at all-star game". Abbotsford News. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Abbotsford's Chase Claypool drawing NFL draft attention". Abbotsford News. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "U.S. colleges vie for football star". Abbotsford News. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  6. ^ "Abbotsford football star commits to Notre Dame". Abbotsford News. July 11, 2015.
  7. ^ Arnold, Keith (July 11, 2015). "Jumbo WR Chase Claypool commits to Notre Dame".
  8. ^ Padanilam, Benjamin (November 10, 2017). "Breaking the mold: Chase Claypool brings unique background to Irish WR corps". The Observer. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  9. ^ Nole, Tom (August 9, 2018). "Noie: Talent, traits align for Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool". Notre Dame Insider. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  10. ^ Hansen, Eric (April 7, 2018). "Notebook: Can wide receiver Chase Claypool become Notre Dame's 'X' factor?". Notre Dame Insider. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  11. ^ Hough, Austin (August 4, 2019). "Claypool ready to be Irish's No. 1 WR". Herald Bulletin. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Burlage, Todd (November 7, 2019). "Chase Claypool emerges as top WR for No. 15 Notre Dame". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  13. ^ Ralph, Dan (October 4, 2019). "Canadian Chase Claypool living up to billing as Notre Dame's No. 1 receiver". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  14. ^ "Chase Claypool statistics - College Football at University of Notre Dame Athletics". University of Notre Dame Athletics. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  15. ^ "Chase Claypool Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  16. ^ Strackbein, Noah (April 24, 2020). "Steelers Select WR Chase Claypool". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  17. ^ "2020 CFL Draft". CFL.ca. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  18. ^ "Gallimore headlines spring edition of Scouting Bureau". Canadian Football League. April 20, 2020. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  19. ^ Saunders, Alan. "Chase Claypool Signs Steelers Contract". Steelers Now. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  20. ^ "Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers - September 20th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  21. ^ "Steelers vs. Eagles final score: Chase Claypool's record performance propels Pittsburgh to 4-0 start". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  22. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-0 for the first time in four decades". Steelers Wire. October 11, 2020. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  23. ^ Gordon, Grant. "Cardinals QB Kyler Murray, Steelers WR Chase Claypool among Players of the Week". National Football League. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  24. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers - November 15th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  25. ^ "Wild Card - Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers - January 10th, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  26. ^ https://steelerswire.usatoday.com/2020/07/30/steelers-chase-claypool-nfl-2020-youtube/. Missing or empty |title= (help)