INDIANAPOLIS —It’s skill players galore for the Indianapolis Colts’ offense here on the third day of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Their latest pick is big Clemson wide receiver Deon Cain, who was selected in the sixth round (185th overall). The team has now selected two running backs (Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins) and two receivers (the other being Daurice Fountain) here in the final day of the draft.
Cain has a terrific blend of size (6-foot-2, 202 pounds) and speed (4.43-second 40-yard dash), and used it to his advantage with the Tigers, where he was named Third Team All-ACC last season after catching 52 passes for 659 yards and six touchdowns.
In 42 career games, Cain had 130 receptions for 2,040 yards and 20 touchdowns, finishing tied for fourth in school history in receiving scores.
The Colts needed more depth at wide receiver heading into the draft, and have seen that come to fruition today with the addition of Cain and Fountain. Just two returning players, T.Y. Hilton and Chester Rogers, logged at least one reception with the Colts last season, while Indianapolis also signed former Washington Redskins receiver Ryan Grant in free agency this offseason.
Stay tuned to Colts.com for more on this developing news, but for more, here’s Cain’s NFL.com Draft Profile:
Cain is a classic Clemson receiver with a good combination of size and speed and an underappreciated feel for the position. Cain's routes are smooth, but also show an understanding of coverage. Cain has the pure speed to attack over the top, but he should be a competitive option on all three levels. His drops are more a function of concentration than ability, but it needs to be improved. Cain has the chance to become a very good NFL starter but is better suited to handle the WR2 rather than a role as the alpha target.*