2020 NFL Draft: Notre Dame WR Should Be High on Giants’ List

John Fennelly
New York Giants, Chase Claypool
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – OCTOBER 05: Chase Claypool #83 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs with the football against the Bowling Green Falcons at Notre Dame Stadium on October 05, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Do the New York Giants need to draft a wide receiver in this week’s NFL Draft?

The short answer is yes. Sterling Shepard had not one, but two concussions in 2019. Golden Tate is 32 years old and Darius Slayton, a breakout player as a rookie last season, is bound to draw more attention from defenses this year.

The upcoming draft class is chock full of wide receivers. The Giants aren’t likely to take one with their first two selections, but in Round 3, they could find themselves in prime position to land an impact offensive weapon.

One of those players could be (and in my estimation should be) a tall, quick wideout to compliment the smallish group they now have on the roster.

Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool is 6-foot-4 and weighs nearly 240 pounds. He’s the same size as Evan Engram, who is a tight end. His 4.42 40 time and his 40.5-inch vertical leap gives him a rare size/speed combination that can create mismatches in the secondary. Think back to the days when the Giants had Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey on the field together.

Just imagine the Giants’ offense with another big threat in the passing game. Claypool and Engram combined with Saquon Barkley, Tate, Shepard and Slayton would be all quarterback Daniel Jones needs to take off. That is, providing they get him a left tackle and a center, which is what the first two draft picks should be used on.