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2021 NFL Draft

Florida WR Trevon Grimes Takes Inspiration From Chase Claypool, Met With Steelers



The Steelers are still doing work on wide receivers even with JuJu Smith-Schuster’s return. Having drafted a receiver in every draft since 2012, the Steelers are still extremely likely to pick another one. That guy could potentially be Florida WR Trevon Grimes, who tested well on Wednesday.

Likely projected as a big slot and Z-receiver, Grimes is a big-bodied receiver who can go up and get it at the catch point. While his separation skills are not incredibly elite, Grimes has some ability to be a dangerous down field threat that a team can steal on day three. As for the communications with the Steelers, Grimes feels that those have gone well.

“I’ve talked to the Steelers a few times,” Grimes said. “You know it was just basic stuff over zoom, but I thought it went extremely well. It was a good conversation.”

Grimes mentioned that he watches a lot of the big-bodied receivers. Calvin Johnson, D.K. Metcalf, and standout Steelers rookie Chase Claypool. Grimes noted that he’s been watching Claypool, and he hopes he can join the archetype in the NFL. As for what he watches for from Claypool, Grimes says it’s a mix of everything.

“I love watching the way he mixes up his routes,” Grimes said. “Just watching how he uses his body, how he high points the ball, and uses his body to win at the line of scrimmage is something I watch him a lot for.”

After his pro-day numbers, Grimes certainly has a little bit of Claypool-esque feel to him. At 6-foot-4, Grimes ran between a 4.35-4.42 40-yard dash. That comes a year after Claypool ran a 4.42 40-yard dash in Indianapolis last year. His upside is thus very palpable. He has the size to be a threat in the running game, but also threaten defenses vertically.