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2018 NFL Draft Profile: Wide Receiver Deon Cain

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CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 02: Deon Cain #8 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 02: Deon Cain #8 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, here’s a full profile of wide receiver Deon Cain out of Clemson breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights, and a draft day prediction.

Wide receiver Deon Cain is a very good athlete who has the upside to be a legitimate play-maker that excels in deep passing plays. At 6-1 and 210 lbs, Cain made a name for himself at Clemson as a high-quality receiving option that pushes the envelope every single time he has the football to make a first down or score a big touchdown.

Of course, Cain has a few things to work on before he’s ready to be a No. 1 receiving option on an NFL team. From syncing up with his offense to mastering more routes at the next level, Cain will more than likely be a decent No. 2 or even used in the slot role as he gets used to life in the NFL.

Here’s a full draft profile on Cain that breaks down his strengths, weaknesses, showcases his speed via video highlights, and a draft day prediction as to when he’ll be selected.

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STRENGTHS

Has the size to win a lot of 50-50 passes thrown at him in one-on-one situations. Cain has excellent speed which allows him to do well in slant plays or when going deep for a big one. Loves to go the extra mile and do whatever it takes to keep those chains moving. In three years at Clemson, Cain totaled 2,040 receiving yards, 130 receptions, and 20 touchdowns.

WEAKNESSES

Doesn’t have all the necessary tangibles to enter a full-time WR1 role. Has to work on perfecting his routes and understanding how to make better decisions on what to do next when passing plays start to fall apart. When Cain has a bad start to a game, will often times zone out and not be much of a factor if he causes a turnover or drops a few easy passes. Has to work on the mental aspect of his game to prepare for the trials and tribulations that await him at the pro level.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

DRAFT DAY PREDICTION

Cain can be molded to be a very good wide receiver down the road but will likely have to start on special teams and work his way up as he hones his craft to the next level. Expect to see Cain selected in the early to mid third round of this year’s draft.

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