With their 6th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills finally selected a wide receiver, a supposed pre-draft need, nabbing Clemson product Ray-Ray McCloud.
The 5’10” 190 lb former Tiger surely is an enigmatic player. A former high school running back, McCloud has experience playing both sides of the ball at collegiate level. He was used briefly as a cornerback but played mostly at WR, starting 14 games in 2017, his junior season, and producing 49 receptions for 503 yards and one score.
According to Pro Football Focus, McCloud had not one single drop this season, grabbing every catchable pass thrown his way. Clemson utilized his good run after catch ability on a variety of screens and jet sweeps.
He also produced well during Clemson’s championship run in 2016 with 49 receptions for 472 yards and two TDs on five starts.
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Last season McCloud returned 25 punts for 303 yards and a TD, earning PFF’s 2nd team All-American honors. He has good speed (4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Combine) and experience in this role during his 3-year career at Clemson.
McCloud can’t be counted on to have an impact on offense as a rookie; if it happens, it’ll be a big surprise. He’s a project at the WR position and a promising all-purpose prospect. With the Bills not re-signing former return specialist Brandon Tate to a new contract, McCloud will fight for this job during training camp, and that’s his best chance of making the team his rookie year.