Late-Round Target: Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
There’s very little chance the Buffalo Bills will enter the third day of the draft without addressing the wide receiver position. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible. There’s always a chance that the draft just falls in a way that there aren’t any players available throughout the first few rounds who have sufficient value to where they will be choosing.
If that should happen, they could still land some players with plenty of talent late. One potential option is Chase Claypool of Notre Dame. A big-bodied receiver, Claypool is listed at 6-foot-4 and 229-pounds.
Where he shines is in contested passes which is something this offense sorely needs. He’s also been a star in the red zone this season, catching 12 touchdown passes on 59 receptions for the Irish.
Right now, Claypool is ranked 184th overall by The Draft Network even with those impressive numbers. It’s possible that they’re alone in this assumption but if not, then this means he can be there on the final day of the draft and would be a great value.
According to Trevor Sikkema of The Draft Network, it’s Claypool’s lack of speed that is concerning. While he says he can win on slants and screen passes, he doesn’t create enough separation.
That doesn’t mean he can’t be successful with the Bills. With John Brown and Cole Beasley more than capable of creating space between them and the defender, Claypool could provide the guy capable of making the tough catches over the middle of the field.
There are surely more options out there and as we get closer to the draft, we will do all we can to check out as many options as possible.