Deon Cain Draft Profile
Deon Cain Draft Profile
- Handles his own against press coverage
- Ball skills
- Willing run blocker
- Deep target
Analysis: Deon Cain has the size you look for in an outside receiver. Movement is fluid and feel for the position comes naturally. Gets into routes with vertical push and forward lean. Press corners have had trouble against Cain–he uses quick slaps to grease his way past press coverage. Legit deep target with jet gear to get vertical once he clears defender’s edge. Willing hand fighter downfield. Physical when ball is in the air. Cain has had his fair share of focus drops (something we’ll get into in his weaknesses) but he is not afraid to go over the middle and will not “alligator arm” balls. Cain is a tap dancer near the boundary. Keeps dig routes from drifting and allowing safeties into the catch-point. Talented after the catch. Has shake to elude and allows tacklers a taste of aggressive stiff-arm. Willing to put in the work as a blocker.
- Lacked production
- Route tree
- Focus drops
- High amount of penalties
Analysis: Deon Cain was supposed to take the next step forward this season after Mike Williams left for the NFL, but that did not happen. He was targeted more but production declined in almost every meaningful category. Currently, his route tree is limited and he will need time with his position coach to expand that. He doesn’t separate as much as he could underneath. Can run routes with more urgency and suddenness. Fluctuations with focus has plagued him–specifically catching the football. his drop rate has increased each of the last two seasons. He owns a high penalty rate, getting flagged ten times the last three seasons, many due to false starts (back to his focus issue).
Final Thoughts: I’m not sold on Cain becoming the next great Clemson wide receiver to enter the NFL. Some draft analysts believe he could be a Day 2 pick, but his lack of production and the fact he has done less with more is not what I look for when I spend a relatively high pick on a wideout.
Size: 6’1 210lbs
Draft Rank: Outside the Top 10 WR’s
NFL Comparison: Noah Brown
Draft Projection: Round 4
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