Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner anticipates using Claypool as an outside receiver, ESPN.com's Brooke Pryor reports.
Prior to the draft, there was talk of Claypool being used as a flex tight end or oversized slot receiver, but it sounds like the Steelers will initially deploy their second-round pick as a traditional wideout. His path to playing time appears tricky on a team with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and James Washington, not to mention Eric Ebron and Vance McDonald at tight end. If nothing else, the Steelers might consider using Claypool as a red-zone weapon to take advantage of his 6-foot-4, 238-pound frame. He also ran the fastest 40-yard dash among Pittsburgh's wide receivers -- a 4.42 40 at the combine in February.
The Steelers selected Claypool in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 49th overall.
Claypool (6-foot-4, 238) could play either or both of tight end and wide receiver for the Steelers, who for now have Eric Ebron and Vance McDonald atop their tight end depth chart. Claypool probably can't compete with Pittsburgh's top three receivers (JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, James Washington), but with a 4.42-second 40 the former Notre Dame standout offers rare speed for his hulking frame. Claypool's owners might want to hope for tight end eligibility -- there's a lower standard of production at that position -- but Claypool figures to play both tight end and receiver for the Steelers depending on the situation.