5 things to know about Buffalo Bills pick Ray-Ray McLoud

Sal Maiorana
Democrat and Chronicle
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ORCHARD PARK – With their sixth-round pick in the NFL Draft Saturday, the Bills selected Ray-Ray McCloud, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound wide receiver from Clemson.

Clemson wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud (34) returns a punt during practice in preparation for the 2018 Sugar Bowl.

McCloud will bring some versatility to the Bills as a wide receiver, but also on special teams as a punt and kickoff returner.

Here are five things to know about McCloud:

1. He had 127 receptions for 1,226 yards and four touchdowns in 1,396 snaps over 40 games (20 starts) in his career, and also had 50 punt returns for 485 yards and a touchdown.

2. He had a storied career in high school in Florida as he set Hillsborough County records for career rushing yards (5,765) and touchdowns (58). He was named the county’s player of the year as a senior.

3. In 2016 he was Clemson’s co-special teams player of the year, and in 2017, he was a second-team All-American pick as a punt returner by Pro Football Focus. He ranked eighth all-time in punt return yards for Clemson (485).

4. His father, Raymond McCloud, played college football at Arkansas, and he coached Ray-Ray throughout his formative football years. He started him in flag football playing against kids who were a year or two years older because he wanted him to compete against better players.

5. NFL.com Lance Zierlein said of McCloud, “A man without a position and it will be up to an NFL team to best decide where to utilize him. He lacks the physical and play traits teams look for at either receiver or cornerback, but he has some punt return potential that could help his cause.”




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