Chase Claypool, WR, ND (50)
It wasn’t just the NFL combine that won me over. A very insightful Norte Dame fan buddy of mine that is also a Patriots fan has seen how big-bodied pass catchers work. Call Claypool a receiver or a tight end. It doesn’t matter. He is a weapon that would be learning from both Allen Robinson and Jimmy Graham. That is exciting. For more insight on Claypool, read my breakdown here.
Some notable names that were drafted between the 50th overall pick and the end of round two were Jonathon Greenard (edge), Ben Bartch (OT), Julian Okwara (edge). Round three shows Malik Harrison (ILB), Lucas Niang (OT), Matt Hennesey (OT), and Curtis Weaver (edge) go at the top. Cesar Ruiz (G, C), Hunter Bryant (TE), and Jason Stowbridge (edge) go in the middle. To end the third round, Jalen Hurts (QB), Damien Lewis (G), and Lamar Jackson (CB) go late on day two.
Now on to day three. The Chicago Bears currently have five picks for day three. One in round five and two in both rounds six and round seven. We will likely see Ryan Pace package a couple of those to move up towards earlier selections. Some notable names that went early in round four are Netane Muti (G), Jeremy Chinn (S), and Albert Okwuegbunam (TE).
Some mid-round names are Brycen Hopkins (TE), Van Jefferson (WR), and Willie Gay Jr (ILB). Lastly, the late-round picks were Troy Pride (CB), Cole Mcdonald (QB), and Antoine Brooks Jr. (S). The reason why these are important to know isn’t just to share who was already drafted but where some mock draft simulations show these players going.
Most see the popular mock drafts and think they are how the selection should be. But, there are thousands of good draft analyst big boards out there that people will not see. I used 15 for this simulation that was updated from the combine to now. That gives us a better variety of opinions.