NFL Draft Preview: Deon Cain

NFL Draft Preview: Deon Cain

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NFL Draft Preview: Deon Cain

Deon Cain, who formally declared for the NFL draft on January 15th, had an impressive career in a Clemson uniform.

The Tampa, Fla. native burst onto the national scene as a freshman in 2015 amassing 582 yards on just 34 catches and five touchdowns.

Cain’s breakaway speed and athleticism made him an instant downfield threat for the Tigers despite discipline issues that caused him to miss three games, including the 2015 College Football Playoff.

As a sophomore, he caught 38 passes for 724 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging a team high 19.1 yards per catch on the way to a national championship win.

Cain experienced a lull in his junior campaign this past season, despite 58 receptions for 724 yards and six touchdowns.

At times Cain struggled to find the ball and had a few crucial drops but still managed to be named a third team All-ACC selection.

Some of Cain’s limited production in 2017 can be attributed to the quarterback change from Deshaun Watson to Kelly Bryant which led to schematical changes and a more balanced Clemson offensive attack.

CBS Sports has Cain listed as the 93rd overall prospect and the number 12 overall wide receiver in the 2018 draft class.

Despite some concerns with route running and ball skills the upside for Cain is thought to be one of the highest in this draft class due to his raw talent and burst speed to get open downfield.

At 6-1’ 190 pounds Cain could still add some more weight on an NFL lifting plan and with proper training unlock another level, exceeding his college production at the next level.

DraftWire.com says Cain’s size combined with his big threat ability give him the highest upside in this class and make him a second day steal.

Most draft experts see Cain getting called in the third round of the draft but a good day at the combine could help improve his draft stock and make him look more appealing to NFL scouts.

Now Cain awaits the NFL Scouting Combine held March 2-5 in Indianapolis, In. at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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