2019 Vs: Va Tech, Louisville, Georgia
Big body with great hands. Plays through contact and is very physical with the ball in hands. Excellent route runner and overall a very smart player.
At times he needs to maintain his block more consistently because after he makes initial contact he can be easy to shed. He could stand to get better at positioning on deep throws, that way he may not need to make as many contested catches.
Overall I think Chase Claypool is a day 1 starter. He came from a very good program that produces many quality NFL receivers, which gives him a good step up transitioning into the NFL. If Claypool's last two seasons are any indication, he will be a very productive player and a good leader. I think Claypool is comparable to the Mike Evans type WR and would be perfect for the Buffalo Bills. I see his value as a late 1st round - early 2nd round pick, but after a great combine performance, his stock could really rise.
Claypool is quick for his size, but overall doesn't have blazing quickness. He makes up for his quickness, however, with very good agility and excellent balance. Always aware of where his feet are. He has very good body control and is able to twist his body to the best position to catch a pass. He has a great ability to stretch out for passes and keep his feet inbounds. Not only in route running, but tracking passes and getting to the ball. His ability to change direction is outstanding. Though a smooth runner, he isn't the elite speed type. However, he does have exceptional C.O.D and has great mini explosions when running routes. It is really impressive to see the way he changes direction without losing speed. Also has very good straight-line speed for his size.
Route Tree Variety
Big Play Ability
Always fast off the line. Whether it's a straight line release, or he is breaking off a quick route, he is very smart with how he gets off. Uses his long arms and an unorthodox technique that helps him slips right through most jam attempts. Chase is what I would consider a beautiful route runner. He makes such fluid motions and has incredible ability to snap off routes, or change direction. He really knows how to use length and route running to gain separation, though he can improve in this area. One of the best run-blocking WRs in this class, he has shown he isn't afraid to get his hands dirty.
High Points Ball
He has great hands and plays through contact well. Had a couple of drops in the films I watched, but nothing to be concerned about. The moment he catches a pass, he is looking for the maximum amount of yards. He has no problem with running through a defender and his feet keep moving until he hears the whistle. Always moving upfield and has great vision to change course if needed. His timed top end speed doesn’t translate to the field and will get run down from behind at times. Has had incredible ball security and never loses the ball once it's in his hands.
Run After Catch
A tough kid all around. Never afraid of taking a hit, if it will help the team and has no reservations catching passes over the middle. It took him a couple of seasons to become a key piece of ND's offense, but he played in every game of his career. When he did get the chance to be featured though, he never looked back and has been a model student-athlete with great production. Never takes a play off, he always gives you his all. Slow start, but again has really taken off. The last two seasons have shown a huge improvement in work ethic and leadership.
Great instincts, which I think helps him be a great route runner. I think Notre Dame has a great WR coach because they seem to always have smart and productive receivers. Never makes the same mistakes over and over. I think he can play any receiver position, though I do think he is limited when in the slot. Doesn't have the Edelman/T. Hill fast twitch skills. He is the type of WR that will be a drag route across the middle when coming from the slot.