Recapping Deon Cain's performance at the NFL Combine

Recapping Deon Cain's performance at the NFL Combine


Recapping Deon Cain's performance at the NFL Combine


Former Clemson wide receiver Deon Cain is one of five former Tigers that were invited to the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianpolis.

Cain weighed in at the combine Thursday, checking in at 6-foot-1 and 7/8 inches, 202 pounds. He measured in with 33-inch arms and 8 6/8-inch hands, while his wingspan measured a lengthy 79 and 5/8 inches.

On Friday, Cain took part in the bench-press drill with his position group and put up 11 reps of 225 pounds, a mark that tied for 26th among all participating wide receivers at the combine.

The receivers then went through on-field workouts and drills Saturday, including the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle.

Cain particularly impressed in the 40-yard dash, running an official 4.43, tied for the sixth-best time of all the participating receivers. He also showed well during the workouts, impressing coaches with his hands according to the AP.

As for the three-cone drill, which tests an athlete’s ability to change directions at a high speed, Cain clocked in at 6.71 seconds — the fifth-fastest time among the participating receivers.

Cain recorded a vertical jump of 33.5 inches and broad jump of 115 inches, marks that ranked tied for 25th and tied for 28th, respectively.

The Tampa, Fla., native posted marks of 4.37 and 11.78 in the 20- and 60-yard shuttle, respectively. The shuttle runs test an athlete’s lateral quickness and explosion in short areas.

During NFL Network’s broadcast of the combine, Cain drew comparisons to former Oklahoma and current Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills for reasons such as his build and character concerns.

“He reminds me of Kenny Stills, who has had a pretty good career in the NFL,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “Kenny Stills was 194 pounds, Cain 202… Very similar body types — long, lean body types. Stills ran a 4.38 and didn’t go until the fourth round because of some off-the-field concerns; Deon Cain has some off-the-field concerns.”

“But he can take the top off the defense,” Mayock added. “He’s got really good hands. He can run. He’s instant acceleration, real good run after the catch also.”

According to Chris Emma, a reporter for 670 The Score in Chicago, Cain met with the Chicago Bears at the combine.

Cain finished his Clemson career with 130 receptions for 2,040 yards and 20 touchdowns in 1,419 snaps over 42 games (14 starts). He finished tied for fourth in school history in receiving touchdowns and caught at least one pass in each of the last 37 games he played.

As a junior in 2017, Cain earned third-team All-ACC honors after totaling 58 receptions for 734 yards and six touchdowns in 665 snaps over 14 games (13 starts).

Some draft experts project Cain to be picked somewhere in the second or third round of the 2018 NFL draft.


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