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NFL draft: Former Clemson WR selected in 6th round by Colts


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Cain became the ninth former Clemson receiver soon to join an NFL roster currently.
Cain became the ninth former Clemson receiver soon to join an NFL roster currently.

Former Clemson receiver Deon Cain was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 185th overall pick in the sixth round in Saturday’s edition of the NFL draft.

Cain, who declared for the draft as a junior, entered this week ranked as high as the fifth-best receiver by NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks with wide-ranging projections from the second round to the fifth round. Cain ended up as the 21st receiver off the board on Saturday.

"This guy is not at the top of the level of some of the receivers who have come out of Clemson," ESPN's Todd McShay said Saturday, "but what he is - is a vertical route-runner. He can get down the field. He's inconsistent tracking the ball. Clemson coaches got frustrated because he had so many opportunities to make plays and he would make some - but he wouldn't do it consistently.

"He had a little bit of trouble with his attitude and those sorts of things, but you can't coach 4.43-speed and 6-2, 200-pounds and you can't coach some of the explosive traits he showed at the (NFL) combine. He had one of the better overall workouts. There's a lot to work with, with Cain."

The speedy target averaged 15.7 yards per catch over three seasons at Clemson. He left tied for fourth in school history with 20 touchdown receptions over 42 games (14 starts).

In the NFL combine, the Tampa area native was tied for sixth among receivers with a 4.43 40-yard dash and was fifth-best in the 3-cone drill (6.71).

Cain joins a growing Clemson receiver group at the next level, as the ninth Tiger to join an NFL roster shortly before teammate Ray Ray McCloud became the 10th two picks later (Buffalo Bills, pick 187).

Cain joins former Clemson receiver-then-safety T.J. Green with the Colts.

"It's a blessing. I know he (T.J.) is going to make me feel right at home," Cain told Colts.com Saturday. "He's a Clemson brother. It's in our blood to go to work. He's always looked out for me and now he will look out for me (in Indianapolis). It's a blessing to work with my brother again."

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