With their first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool. Claypool joins an increasing stable of young wide receivers as Pittsburgh’s offense looks to rebound from a disheartening season.
The plethora of young receivers already on Pittsburgh’s offense will limit Claypool’s impact as a rookie. Last year, the team drafted Diontae Johnson in the third round, and the previous two drafts yielded JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington.
Right now, Claypool projects out as a backup on Pittsburgh’s offense, along with Deon Cain and Ryan Switzer. However, roster cuts and potential trades could reshape the roster either before or during the season.
Smith-Schuster’s future in Pittsburgh remains up in the air. While he’s one of the team’s most beloved personalities, the former second-round pick dealt with injuries and inconsistent play last season. Playing with Ben Roethlisberger again should help Smith-Schuster regain some of his Pro Bowl form, but the USC product could lose snaps if he doesn’t start the season on the right foot.
Even if he opens the season coming off of the bench, Claypool seems destined to work into Pittsburgh’s rotation sooner or later. While the second-round pick is hardly Offensive Rookie of the Year material, he should make an impact on the Steelers.
Here are some numbers the rookie wide receiver should target in his first season with the Steelers.