WR Deon Cain, Clemson*

6’2” – 202 lbs. – 4.43

Spent most of his high school career playing quarterback, but played wide receiver throughout college. Started one of thirteen games played as a freshman but rotated heavily into the offense, then played 449 snaps as a sophomore. Started thirteen of fourteen games played this past year and enjoyed his most productive season before declaring for the draft. Has very good footwork to release at the line of scrimmage. Runs patterns to all three levels of the field. Likes to use a head fake to set up the slant on shorter throws, and at the intermediate level draws targets on some deep digs, outs, and back-shoulder throws. Does a good job of sinking his hips and creating some separation at the route stem. Not a true burner, but has enough speed to use the threat of going deep to set up his intermediate patterns. Plus flexibility, body control, and leaping ability make him a frequent target of back-shoulder throws down the sidelines. Does a good job of tracking the ball over his shoulder. Also offers a wide catch radius. However, isn’t a very reliable receiver; usage in college was primarily as a low-percentage receiver on 50-50 throws which he is athletically suited to but didn’t do a great job of coming down with on a consistent basis. May not really have the strong hands or physicality to assert his will against opposing defensive backs; seems to have trouble making catches in traffic, which could be an issue given his lack of explosiveness to separate from opposing corners. Made some concentration drops by getting his head around before he’d secured the ball; seems like he may hear footsteps at times when working over the middle of the field. With the ball in his hands, has the shake to make the first man miss, and works in some stiff-arms to help set the tone offensively. A surprisingly good blocker who flashes the ability to use his footwork to get his opponent off-balance and then use his physicality and length to take out of the play. Has the length, flexibility, and body control of a pro receiver, with good footwork at the line of scrimmage and some ability to create separation out of his routes, but struggles to come down with catches in tight coverage and is also guilty of some concentration drops. Could have used another year of seasoning but has some starting traits.

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