Former Clemson wide receiver Deon Cain is getting far less NFL draft attention than his former teammate and wideout Mike Williams did last year. But NFL draft expert Mike Mayock argued teams shouldn’t sleep on the Tigers 2017 leading receiver.
Mayock argued during an NFL Network conference call on Monday that Cain ‘might be a little undervalued’ heading into the NFL combine, which begins Friday, March 2. He also compared his skill set to a current wide receiver that’s experienced a fair amount of success in the league.
“(Cain) Reminds me of Kenny Stills. Might be a little undervalued, can probably run in the 4-4 range,” Mayock said.
The draft expert admitted that in this class, NFL fans are going to see wide receivers projected to be a second-day pick slotted all over the place in mock drafts. Where receivers end up could greatly depend on what type of wideout teams need.
But with a skill set similar to Stills, Cain should certainly be on many team’s radars. Stills has been one of the best deep threats, averaging 16.1 yards per catch, over his five NFL seasons. Last season, Stills caught 58 passes for 847 yards and 6 touchdowns for the Miami Dolphins.
Interestingly, Cain only averaged 12.6 yards per catch this past season, but Mayock is undoubtedly making this comparison based on the speed of the two receivers. Another thing to consider is Clemson didn’t exactly ask first-year starting quarterback Kelly Bryant to throw the ball down field very often.
Cain could be a much better deep threat in the NFL than he was in college.
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