New York Giants can still land Notre Dame standout Chase Claypool in the third round

New York Giants, Chase Claypool

Can the New York Giants still grab Notre Dame wide receiver, Chase Claypool?

The New York Giants have the 36th overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft. After selecting left tackle Andrew Thomas, they can now begin to fill positions of necessity like free safety, center, and even take a chance on a wide receiver in the later rounds.

This receiver class is one of the deepest in recent memory, and Notre Dame standout Chase Claypool could still be on the board in the third round of the Giants are willing to trade up a few spots to grab him. At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Claypool ran a sub 4.45 40-yard dash in the combine. Only one other receiver has reached that feat, and his name is Calvin Johnson.

While I don’t believe Claypool is anywhere in the same realm as Johnson, he has incredible size and speed for a player with his frame. He can win jump balls and be a consistent red zone threat for a team like the Giants, who lack a big-bodied wide receiver.

New offensive coordinator Jason Garrett likes himself a target for the red zone, similar to Dez Bryant in the past. In addition, Claypool can be in elite special-teamer to start his career. He led Notre Dame in kick-off coverage and punt-coverage tackles during the 2017 season.

The Giants really like players who can serve multiple purposes, and Claypool can do many different things along with catch passes at a high-level. The Giants hold the 99th overall pick in the third round, and with four seventh-round picks, they could elect to trade up and grab Claypool if he drops a little further than anticipated.

Currently, he ranks as the 31st best player on the board, but there’s plenty of talent to go around, and he could easily fall a few slots.

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

New York Giants, Chase Claypool

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.

 

New York Jets: What WRs Could Jets Draft?

The New York Jets lost their best receiver this week to Carolina. With Anderson gone, the Jets brought in Breshard Perriman on a one year deal. With him on a prove-it deal, Quincy Enunwa with injury question marks galore and Jamison Crowder best suited in the slot, the Jets need to add to their receiving corps in the draft.

Day 1

The Jets have pick 11. I’m a firm believer that they should take and offensive lineman with that pick. If they went receiver though, it’s between 3 guys. Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs are the top 3 guys in this LOADED class.

Jeudy stands out to me above the other two. Jeudy is versatile and can play in a lot or on the outside. Jeudy is one of the crispest route runners I’ve ever seen and he’s a future number 1 receiver.

Lamb is a deep threat who can high point the ball like nobody’s business he’d fit Sam Darnold’s play style the best of the three and would give him that deep threat he had in Anderson and then some.

Ruggs is the most electric of the 3. He lit up the 40-yard dash and has flashed his in-game speed as well. If he developed as a route runner he’d have the most upside of the 3. They’re all phenomenal talents and would immediately bolster the Jets receiving corps now and in the future.

Day 2 & 3

This receiving class is loaded. That’s why I’d prefer the Jets to wait till day 2 & 3 to pick a weapon or two for the same. Rather than go through all the incredible talent I highlighted 4 guys I think would be the best fits or are my favorite receivers.

Justin Jefferson is one of my favorite prospects in this draft. He’s a receiver’s best friend and if he slips to day 2 and the Jets pick, the New York Jets should take him. He’s got a great mix of size and speed and would immediately become Darnold’s favorite target.

Chase Claypool is a unique guy. He’s a lot like Evan Engram. Engram is a good tight end but sometimes he’s more like a receiver. Claypool is a good receiver but sometimes he’s more like a tight end. He’s a unique hybrid that is faster than most tight ends and could be both a great threat in space and a beast in the red zone.

Michael Pittman is a former teammate of Sam Darnold. His catch radius is off the charts. He’s dynamic and he’s got that connection to Sam. Pittman would become a great piece of this offense and he’s a good personality on and off the field.

Antonio Gandy Golden is a guy who’s going to be available later in this draft. Golden reminds me of a slightly shorter and at this timeless talented Megatron He’s physical, lengthy and can make plays happen. Golden can develop and become a key piece of any offense.

Other guys like Denzel Mims, Tee Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Brandon Aiyuk, and KJ Hamler are all beasts and guys I like as well. The point is with all this talent, the Jets have no excuse not to upgrade their receiving corps.

Can the New York Giants land Chase Claypool in the NFL Draft?

New York Giants, Chase Claypool

The New York Giants have endured ample changes this offseason, starting with their coaching staff. Having hired Joe Judge to replace Pat Shurmur as head coach and Jason Garrett to feature as the team’s offensive coordinator, the Giants are bound to make significant adjustments.

Garrett was an interesting choice at OC, as he gave up play-calling years ago and has relied on his coaching abilities to withstand the expectations in Dallas. Having the benefit of focusing on one unit should help him tremendously in his return to coordinator duties.

Historically, Garrett has relied on several things — a big-bodied wide receiver (see Dez Byrant) to act as a red-zone target and multiple tight ends who can act as quality pass catchers.

The Giants currently have Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, and Sterling Shepard as their receivers, and none of them are considered “big body” targets. Slayton is the tallest at 6’1″, but he’s not a physcial receiver who can out-muscle corners.

This opens up the door for the Giants to potentially draft a bigger pass catcher in the draft, which is where Chase Claypool enters the picture.

Can the New York Giants land Chase Claypool in the NFL Draft?

Claypool was stellar for Notre Dame in 2019, logging 1037 yards and 13 scores. His staggering frame of 6-4, 238lbs allows him to control smaller corners and break tackles in the open field. Adding a player of his size and athleticism would be a significant addition to Big Blue and Garrett’s offense. They could also use him in a flex-TE role who can block well.

However, Claypool posted solid numbers in the NFL Combine, which could have dropped him out of range for the Giants. If Gettleman hadn’t traded away the 68th overall pick for Leonard Williams, Claypool could have been a possibility. Now, the Giants are sitting pretty at 99th overall, but they could elect to package picks and move up to grab an impact player like the Fighting Irish pass catcher.

The biggest knock on Claypool was his speed, but he posted a 4.42 40-yard dash, blowing expectation out of the water. Trading up for Claypool was made sense since his run blocking grades are some of the best in college football. Adding a receiver who can lock up the edge for Saquon Barkley, you routinely bounces outside, would be a significant advantage.

Overall, Claypool is a fantastic prospect that could drop into the laps of a waiting team. While the Giants don’t seem to have the capital to snag him, making a maneuver to increase the probability is possible.

New York Giants: 2 big-bodied wide receiver prospects in the draft

New York Giants, Chase Claypool

The New York Giants need a big-bodied red-zone receiver to dominate in the opponent’s half of the field, as Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton might not cut it.

Second-year passer Daniel Jones needs a possession receiver that can make contested catches over cornerbacks, someone like Bennie Fowler but with more talent. While there are some free agents available, the NFL Draft is stocked full of pass-catching talent this year, and that’s where they should look to find their guy.

Here are two big-bodied WRs, the New York Giants should look at:

1.) Tee Higgins – Clemson

At 6-4, 200 pounds, Higgins is a big, long red-zone threat who dominated for Clemson in 2019. His 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns attest to his abilities and what the Giants are looking for. Having played in a tough conference and the National Championship, he’s proven he can perform under the spotlight.

One of the things I like the most about Higgins is his hops, which allow him to go over the top of corners and snag balls. He can be a productive third-down receiver for Big Blue of they’re willing to spend a pick on him. He’s a projected 2nd rounder, so if the Giants trade back and gain a pick in range to snag him, he could be a great option.

2.) Chase Claypool – Notre Dame

Claypool is one of my sleeper options in the upcoming draft, and I believe his stock will rise exponentially in the coming weeks. He’s projected to go in the 2-4 round range, but his size is precisely what the Giants are looking for in a red-zone WR. New offensive coordinator Jason Garrett prioritizes a bigger pass-catcher in his scheme, making Claypool a fantastic option at 6-4, 229 pounds.

Not only is Chase a huge target, but his ability to pick up yards after the catch gives him more value points. His 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns don’t match up with Higgins’, but he also didn’t have Trevor Lawrence slinging passes to him all season.  If Claypool were a bit faster, he’d be a first-round talent, but there’s always room for improvement at the next level.

New York Giants should target sneaky good wide receiver in 2020 NFL Draft

New York Giants, Chase Claypool

With the hiring of former Dallas Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett, to feature as the New York Giants‘ offensive coordinator, we can expect two things — the Giants will sign/draft a big-bodied wide receiver who can dominate in red zone settings, and the heavy utilization of tight ends.

The New York Giants could use a big-bodied wideout:

The biggest pass-catcher currently featuring on the Giants is Darius Slaton at 6’2″, but he’s more of an elusive receiver than a possession option. However, quarterback Daniel Jones used Slayton as a security blanket frequently during his rookie campaign, which should indicate an increase in action during 2020.

With Slayton, Golden Tate, and Sterling Shepard a part of the Giants’ WR core, we shouldn’t anticipate any additional pass catchers being added, but one option from Notre Dame could fit the bill perfectly.

The Fighting Irish’s best receiver in 2019 was Chase Claypool, a 6’5″, 229-pound receiver who not only has reliable hands but great awareness on the field.

Claypool was formerly a four-star Canadian recruit who exploded onto the scene in his senior year at Notre Dame, logging 66 receptions for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. His wide frame would make him a fantastic red zone option for Jones, and a consistent target on deep balls.

His size is reminiscent of Calvin Johnson, and while he’s far from comparable, his physcial attributes match up perfectly. Also, their motions and long-stride are similar. With ample size like Claypool possesses, his potential is sky-high and could be worthy of a third-round pick if he falls.

The upcoming NFL Draft has one of the best WR classes in recent memory, so there will be plenty of options to choose from, but Claypool remains a sleeper option that would fit the bill nicely in Garrett’s offense. With the Giants missing a big, physical wideout, Claypool becomes an enticing option, and Jones would only benefit from his services.