Clemson wide receiver Deon Cain became the fourth Tigers underclassman to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft, the school confirmed Wednesday.
Cain joins fellow wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, safety Van Smith and offensive lineman Taylor Hearn as Tigers players who plan to enter the draft early. Cain, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior from Tampa, Fla., was second on the team with 58 catches for 734 yards and six touchdowns last season.
Cain is viewed as a mid-round prospect by most draft analysts. He averaged 12.7 yards per reception in 2017 and was named third-team All-ACC. Cain finishes his Clemson career with 130 receptions for 2,040 yards and 20 touchdowns.
“Here’s a guy that played quarterback in high school, so two-and-a-half years now playing wideout, and he’s made some huge plays in big moments, the national championship being one of them last year,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said, per the Post and Courier. “He’s just matured a ton. … I’m proud of him.”
Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to make their decisions about entering this year’s draft. Clemson defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins, linebacker Kendall Joseph and offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt are among those who are still weighing their decisions.
–Field Level Media