Five Clemson football players will take part in the 2018 NFL Combine that begins later this month in Indianapolis.
▪ wide receiver Deon Cain
▪ offensive lineman Taylor Hearn
▪ wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud
▪ linebacker Dorian O’Daniel
▪ safety Van Smith
The combine begins Feb. 27 and goes through March 5.
Cain was named third-team All-ACC this past season after finishing with 58 receptions for 734 yards and six touchdowns. The Tampa, Fla. native started 13 of 14 games.
Hearn was also named third-team All-ACC and was a permanent team co-captain. He had 29 knockdown blocks in 777 snaps and started all 14 games.
McCloud was a second-team All-American as a punt returner and also had 49 catches for 503 yards while starting all 14 games. He returned 25 punts for 303 yards, including a 77-yard return for a touchdown against N.C. State.
O’Daniel was named a finalist for the Butkus Award and a first-team All-American after leading Clemson with 104 tackles. The permanent team co-captain added 11.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and had a pair of interceptions, returning both for touchdowns.
Smith had 60 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and an interception while starting 13 of 14 games.