The Colts have a serious depth issue at the wide receiver position. They tried to remedy that by taking Deon Cain.
The Colts do not have a lot of depth at the wide receiver position. They let Donte Moncrief walk and did not re-sign Kamar Aiken. They have tried to improve that with the selection of Clemson wide receiver Deon Cain.
Cain was the 185th pick in the draft. He won a national championship with the Tigers, and has been a key receiver for them. He had 9 touchdown catches his sophomore year, and had 6 in his junior year. Cain decided to forgo his senior year to enter the draft.
Cain was much more of a deep threat during his sophomore campaign, as he had 724 yards on only 38 catches. His next season, he had 734 yards on 58 catches. Cain is a decent sized receiver at 6 foot 1 and 210 pounds, so he can be useful in certain passing situations.
While drafting Cain is a good start, the Colts still have a serious lack of depth at the wide receiver position. They have yet to find a proven playmaker to play opposite of T.Y. Hilton. Cain isn’t really a slot receiver either, although he can go over the middle to make some plays.
Expect the Colts to draft at least one more receiver before the draft is over. The depth issue at that position is a major concern. Indianapolis doesn’t have many quality players there, but also don’t have many players who have taken NFL snaps at that position.
All in all, Cain is a decent pick. He can work his way on special teams and be a 4th or 5th receiver while he continues to develop. He won’t make an immediate impact, but will grow into a decent player in a few years.