With their second-to-last pick of the NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills Saturday finally addressed a position of need by making former Clemson receiver Ray-Ray McCloud their sixth-round choice.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound McCloud finished his 40-game collegiate career with 127 receptions for 1,226 yards and four touchdowns.
"Being drafted by the Buffalo Bills is an opportunity in itself and I'm just going in to work and do what I'm asked and when the opportunity presents itself, I'm going to take advantage of it," McCloud said during a conference call with reporters.
He's known for his prowess as a returner, with 50 career punt returns at Clemson for 485 yards. McCloud ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine and played running back in high school, gaining 4,000 yards in his final two years.
He credits his background as a running back for making him a dangerous returner. "Definitely running back came natural to me, just being able to read holes and be explosive through them and that also carried over for me in college, being able to explode through little creases during a punt return, being comfortable back there," McCloud said.
What does he see as his best position?
"Wide receiver, the ball in my hands," McCloud said. "I can play anywhere on the offensive side of the ball and, obviously, I played defense up until I attended college. But I'm dominant with the ball in my hands. That's where I see myself at."
McCloud was an honorable mention All-ACC all-purpose player in 2017, with 49 receptions for 503 yards and a touchdown, 30 yards on six carries, and 25 punt returns for 303 yards and a touchdown.
He played in all 14 games, with five starts, of the Tigers' run to a national championship after the 2016 season. He caught 49 passes for 472 yards and two TDs. He also returned 21 punts for 176 yards.
Asked what he knew about Buffalo, McCloud said, "I know that's where (former Tigers receiver) Sammy Watkins went (fourth overall in the 2014), I know it's about to be my new home."
Just before speaking with reporters, McCloud was on a call with former Clemson teammate Shaq Lawson, the defensive end the Bills made a first-round pick in 2016.
"(Lawson said), 'We're about to go win,'" McCloud said.