Clemson Football: Ray-Ray McCloud declares early for the NFL draft

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 7: Wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 7: Wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud /

Clemson football ships another wide receiver to the pro ranks as junior, Ray-Ray McCloud has announced he will enter the 2018 NFL draft.

With the wealth of talent in the Clemson football program, it’s no surprise to see players entering the NFL draft early.

Of the draft eligible players on the Tigers’ roster, I wasn’t expecting McCloud to be one of the first to declare his intentions. Talented prospects such as, Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant, Christian Wilkins, Mitch Hyatt and Deon Cain have yet to come to announce whether or not they will be returning next season.

That being said, McCloud has essentially nothing left to accomplish on the collegiate ranks.


In his three seasons in Death Valley, McCloud has helped Clemson compile a 40-4 overall record. He has also been apart of three-straight ACC Championships, three straight trips to the College Football Playoff, two National Championship appearances and one national title.

On a more personal level, McCloud is responsible for 127 receptions for 1,226 yards and four touchdowns on his career. He has also been a dangerous return man for the Tigers as well.


McCloud, a Florida native, has been one of the most versatile players on Clemson’s roster for the past three seasons.

At 5-foot-10, 181 pounds, McCloud is skilled enough to play running back, wide receiver and if need-be, cornerback. In high school, McCloud was used primarily out of the backfield, either as a running back or wildcat quarterback.

Similar to former Tiger, Artavis Scott, McCloud may take a year to adjust to the physicality of the NFL game, but, he has the talent to stick in the league. Playing at Clemson gives McCloud an advantage going into the draft process.

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The Tigers aren’t referred to as #WRU for no apparent reason. Names such as, DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant and Adam Humphries all once donned the orange and purple.