Houston Texans: 5 WR options better than Brandin Cooks in 2020 NFL Draft

Brandin Cooks #12 of the Los Angeles Rams (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Brandin Cooks #12 of the Los Angeles Rams (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Chase Claypool #83 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

3. Chase Claypool, Notre Dame

“Cheer … Cheer  …” Well, most folks know the chorus line to the Notre Dame fight song — at least we know Will Fuller does — but another future NFL player who knows all the words is Chase Claypool.

Too bad Claypool and Fuller most likely won’t be sharing stories about their alma mater anytime soon.

What there is to like about Claypool is he’s a large target at 6’4” and 234 pounds, but he’s fast with a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Claypool also has a vertical jump of 40.5 inches, and the wide receiver is being compared to Miles Boykin, who as a rookie with the Baltimore Ravens this past season made 11 starts, but had just 13 receptions (22 targets) for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

Again, the draft profile of Claypool by Lance Zierlein of NFL.com has the comparison to Boykin, but speaks a little more confident in Claypool’s potential for his rookie season:

"“The comparison to former teammate Miles Boykin is an easy one since both have elite size and explosiveness, but Claypool has a higher ceiling and is a little more pro-ready.”"

Claypool would have been so exciting to watch on the offense led by Deshaun Watson if the Houston Texans draft decision makers hadn’t decided to trade for Cooks. I guess with Claypool, imagine how Watson could have used that speed of Claypool and Fuller at the same time against the opposing defenses.

Most likely the Texans won’t draft a wide receiver 40th overall now, and it would be a shame if Claypool is still available when time arrives for the Texans to make a selection.