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Chase Claypool would be Saints’ WR1

While Chase Claypool wasn’t projected as a first-round receiver, no one would have had any problems with this pick after seeing what the Notre Dame product has done as a pro receiver.

Claypool went No. 49 overall to the Steelers and despite having plenty of competition for targets, has made his mark in Pittsburgh and the entire NFL.

The Steelers wideout had 62 receptions for 873 yards and nine touchdowns through 16 games as a rookie. He’s put up nice numbers in year two as well, grabbing 39 catches for 660 yards and a touchdown.

The touchdown numbers have obviously decreased but the Saints’ leading receiver isn’t anywhere close to 660 yards so that number is an incredible one to Who Dat Nation. Claypool would have easily been the WR1 in this offense and really could have put the Saints offense on the map.

To be fair, not many people expected the guy to be this dangerous and the pick would have been questioned, but Claypool would have proven to be worthy of the high draft selection.