Three divisional rival rookies the Bengals need to be aware of

Chase Claypool (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Divisional rival rookies Bengals need to be aware of: WR Chase Claypool

The Steelers didn’t have a draft pick until the second round this year, thanks to their in-season trade of Minkah Fitzpatrick. They certainly made the 49th overall selection count though, scooping up former Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool.

The 6’4, 238-pound athletic phenomenon put together a combine for the ages. He ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash, leaped his way to a 40.5 inch vertical, and managed to get 19 reps in the bench press event despite wielding 32.5-inch arms. Those kinds of numbers are comparable to Calvin Johnson, one of the best receivers to ever play the game.

So, it’s safe to say he’s a matchup nightmare and someone defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo must keep an eye on. He’s got the size and strength to overpower a corner but the speed to burn a linebacker or safety.

The Bengals aren’t without hope, however. Shawn Williams is a versatile player that has the necessary strength and agility to match up with Claypool. Free-agent addition Vonn Bell has a similar claim. Jessie Bates III shouldn’t be counted out either. If the Bengals’ fourth-round pick’s development goes according to plan, Davis-Gaither could even be deployed to throw a different look at Claypool.