The Steelers' pass offense ranked 31st in the NFL last season at 186.3 yards per game, and Claypool will give the club an exciting addition to a receiving corps that failed to produce a 700-yard receiver.
Claypool had a breakout season for the Fighting Irish with 66 catches for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior last year. The Canadian native brings an incredible blend of size and speed; in fact, he's been projected as a potential tight end at 6-4, 238 pounds. He performed like a much smaller man at the NFL Scouting Combine, however, clocking a 4.42 40-yard dash with a 40.5-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 10 feet, 6 inches.
Pittsburgh added UNC-Charlotte linebacker Alex Highsmith with the 102nd selection, its only other pick on Friday night.