1. Chase Claypool – Notre Dame
Few wide receivers – and players in general – did better for themselves at the NFL combine than Chase Claypool. Heading into the event, Claypool was pegged as a tweener — too big for a wide receiver, not big enough for a tight end.
After running a blazing 4.42 40 at 6’4, 238 pounds, Claypool solidified himself as a true wideout. It’s entirely possible that he jumped as much as two or three full rounds in the draft after such an electric performance, but he should still be there at #36 if the NY Giants are interested.
The former Notre Dame star put himself on the NFL map after catching 63 balls for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns as a Senior in 2019. Now, he’s played himself squarely into the top two-to-three rounds. Before the combine, SI.com had him ranked all the way down at #24 on its wide receiver rankings.
As far as fit goes, Claypool and the Giants are like peanut butter and jelly. From day one he’d be the biggest receiver on the team by a wide margin and figure to be an elite red-zone target. Daniel Jones does his best work throwing outside the numbers and Claypool could be the perfect target for him to do what he does best.