Selection is in, Fraser Valley football star becomes a Steeler

Chase Claypool joins the NFL and is heading to Pittsburgh following Friday’s NFL Draft pick

It’s official, Chase Claypool is a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Moments ago, Claypool was pick number 49, in Round 2 of the NFL Draft.

Hiding out in Clayton Heights, the wide-receiver was surrounded by family as he received the news, and seemed happy with the outcome.

• Stay tuned for his reaction…

•••

The next few days are going to be big ones for local Chase Claypool.

The football star, who’s been calling Langley home of late, will soon find out which National Football League team he will be reporting to later this year at the 2020 NFL Draft, which runs from Thursday to Saturday.

But like most things in the COVID-19 era, the 2020 NFL Draft will look drastically different than those held in the past.

The event was originally scheduled for Las Vegas, but will proceed with a virtual format. All picks will be made remotely and the selections will be announced in a small studio on Connecticut.

There will be no fans, no hugs on stage, no war rooms and no hand shaking between the commissioner and the new players.

The three-day event will be broadcast on TSN in Canada, with round one set for Thursday starting at 5 p.m., rounds two and three on Friday beginning at 4 p.m. and rounds four to seven on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

Claypool, who had an impressive combine showing back in February, has most recently been prognosticated to be a third round pick.

RELATED: Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool impresses at NFL Combine

NFL.com’s Chad Reuter predicts Claypool to go 79th overall to the New York Jets, CBS Sports sees Claypool going 84th overall to the New Orleans Saints and Sporting News estimates the Abbotsford Senior grad going 62nd overall to the Green Bay Packers.

Of course, anything can change on draft day, with many teams wheeling and dealing and picking based on immediate needs rather than a player’s talent or potential.

It’s quite rare for a Canadian talent to be chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft, as it’s only happened four times ever. The last time occurred in 2011 when the Philadelphia Eagles picked Danny Watkins 24th overall.

Claypool had a storied run with the Abbotsford Panthers senior varsity football team, leading the club to a provincial final game in 2015 and also being named the AA football player of the year that season.

He went on to produce excellent numbers over four years with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and capped off his college career by winning the Camping World Bowl MVP award back on Dec. 28.

Claypool is also expected to be chosen very early in the CFL Draft, which is set to occur on April 30. He was ranked as the number two available prospect by the CFL Scouting Bureau. The B.C. Lions currently own the third pick in the draft.

Continue visiting abbynews.com for more coverage of Claypool at the NFL Draft.

FootballNational Football LeagueNFL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Chase Claypool, who grew up playing in Abbotsford and for now calls Langley home, is bound for Pittsburgh in short order. He was picked 49th in Round 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft. (Twitter photo)

Just Posted

Langley Lodge reports one new COVID-19 death, bringing total to 24

Death toll surpassed 22 on Wednesday, making that specific outbreak the deadliest in B.C.

IHIT names homicide victim found in the Fraser Canyon this week

Police asking for tips into the suspicious death of 29-year-old Alicia Berg

Langley Animal Protection Society raises more than $13,000 through annual fundraiser

Furry Tails race was held online due to COVID-19, becoming their most successful year to date

VIDEO: Seventy-two Langley Fine Arts students record collaboration on their cellphones

Musicians performed Lake from Patrick Hawes’ work The Blue Bird Variations

VIDEO: Langley Fundamental jazz band performs for local seniors every Thursday

Music group joined by graduates looking to celebrate and spread cheer in the community

Trudeau offers $14B to provinces for anti-COVID-19 efforts through rest of year

Making a difference in municipalities is a pricey proposition

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping the Aldergrove Star to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Indigenous families say their loved ones’ deaths in custody are part of pattern

Nora Martin joins other Indigenous families in calling for a significant shift in policing

‘Alarmed’: Health critic calls for more data on COVID-19 in trucking industry

Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec said that level of detail is not being collected

UPDATED: Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park arrested

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Most Read