Jaguars’ draft alternative with 42nd overall pick in 2020 – Chase Claypool
If the Jaguars didn’t like Van Jefferson, he wasn’t the only wide receiver available at 42. They could have taken Chase Claypool, who has become a fixture of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense.
Even though the Steelers had JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson and James Washinton on the roster, they took a flyer on Claypool. The Notre Dame product went on to haul in 62 receptions for 873 yards and nine touchdowns in his rookie campaign. Although he’s only logged 37 receptions this season, he’s averaging 16.7 per catch. That’s the kind of production you want from your number two wide receiver.
The Jaguars need speed at wide receiver, and they will probably address the position next offseason but they wouldn’t have to if they had chosen someone like Claypool, who recently made headlines because he asked Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin to play music during practice. In case you were wondering, his request was shut down.
Again, Laviska Shenault still has time to turn the corner but most receivers drafted before him and after him have outplayed him so far. Former Jaguars David Caldwell had many misses during his tenure, and if Claypool ends up becoming the better player, you could add another one to the list.