With the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine right around the corner, it's time to take a look at some intriguing prospects to keep an eye on in Indianapolis.
Today, we take a quick look at Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool.
Claypool is a rare combination of size, speed, and versatility — basically a prototypical slot receiver in terms of style of play — blown up into a modern tight end's frame. His size (6-4, 230) alone made him a matchup nightmare for the Fighting Irish in 2019. Head coach Brian Kelly and his staff moved Claypool all over the field, exploiting the shortcomings of opposing defenses to the tune of 66 catches for 1,037 yards and 13 scores.
It didn't matter if he was lining up in the slot or on the outside, running routes across the middle, catching screens, or burning defenders on deep routes — Claypool was far and away Notre Dame's most dangerous offensive weapon.
NFL scouts and general managers are already high on his game film. After watching the performance that Deebo Samuel put on in the Super Bowl earlier this month, it's easy to see why. Claypool can be utilized in all of the same ways that Samuel was used in that game. He is — quite simply — an offensive coordinator's dream.
When he gets to the Combine, his already rising stock should get another boost from both his workouts and his interviews. From a personality standpoint, he's a leader and a positive source of energy on the field who kept his nose clean for four years off of it. From an athletic standpoint, he's a freak, and he should challenge all of the numbers that former teammate and now Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Miles Boykin put up at the Combine last year.
In a draft class full of talented small and average-sized receivers, look for Claypool to turn some heads with everything he does at the Combine, subsequently putting himself squarely in the mix as a potential first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft in late April.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.