Over the next 12 days, the Irish on Tap crew will take a deeper dive into the prospects from Notre Dame entering the 2020 NFL Draft. First up, stud WR Chase Claypool (6'4 238 lbs.). During his time in South Bend, Claypool was able to haul in 150 catches complemented by over 2,100 receiving yards and a total of 19 receiving touchdowns. Claypool saw an improvement in receptions, yards per catch, touchdowns, and total yards each year he was at Notre Dame. Claypool has the frame, speed, athleticism, and all-around game to be a star in the NFL.
Claypool's numberes don't lie, and the second you cut Claypool's tape on you'll notice his size and athleticism. Claypool can run every route in the route tree. He also has the speed to take the top off the defense, and did that many times in his time in South Bend. He clocked a 4.42 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and know it was no mistake, his speed is real. Claypool has an elite catch radius and has the size, strength, and athleticism to go up and win 50/50 balls in traffic. From my standpoint, Claypool already showed enough during his time in South Bend, then he goes and follows that up with an all-time combine performance.
Draft experts, and the various Mock Drafts, have Claypool going anywhere from the early second round to the mid-fourth round. Realistically, the first team that would need Claypool's services would be the Miami Dolphins with the 26th pick in the first round. I believe they will attack other positions with picks five and 18, and could look for a playmaking WR at 26. Their offense lacked a number one target last year and, with potentially bringing Justin Herbert or Tua Tagovailoa in at QB, one would assume with the amount of talented WR's in this draft they could snag Claypool at 26.
A few other viable options could be Green Bay at 30 and 62, Indianapolis at 34 and 44, the Buffalo Bills at 54, and the New York Jets at 48. The Colts, Packers, and Bills all have their #1 receivers, but could benefit greatly from bringing in Claypool to be that #2 receiver. The Jets on the other hand, recently lost WR Robby Andersen in free agency to the Panthers, creating a huge void at the position.
Regardless of where Claypool does land, he will go down as one of the best wide receivers in Notre Dame history. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we will breakdown the entire 2020 Notre Dame draft class.
Draft forecast: Late 1st round - Early 3rd Round