Ray-Ray McCloud
McCloud at St. John Fisher College in 2018
San Francisco 49ers
Position:Wide receiver
Return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1996-10-15) October 15, 1996 (age 25)
Tampa, Florida
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Sickles (Tampa, Florida)
College:Clemson
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 6 / Pick: 187
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021
Receptions:64
Receiving yards:390
Return yards:2,381
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Raymond "Ray-Ray" McCloud III (born October 15, 1996) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson.

Early years

McCloud attended Sickles High School in Tampa, Florida and played on the Gryphons football team as a running back.[1] As a senior, he rushed for 1,933 yards and 17 touchdowns. For his high school career, he had 5,765 rushing yards and 58 touchdowns.[2] He committed to play football for the Clemson Tigers in July 2014, choosing them over the likes of Alabama, Auburn, and Florida.[3]

College career

As a freshman in 2015, McCloud played in 12 games, catching 29 passes for 251 yards and one touchdown.[4] He missed three games due to a knee injury.[5]

In 2016, as a sophomore, McCloud played in 14 of Clemson's 15 games, missing one due to an ankle injury.[6] In those 14 games, he tallied 49 receptions for 472 yards and two touchdowns, helping Clemson win the National Championship.[7]

As a junior in 2017, McCloud played in all 14 of Clemson's games, tallying 49 receptions for 503 yards and one touchdown. He also returned 25 punts for 303 yards and one touchdown.[8] After the season, he declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.[9]

Collegiate statistics

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2015 Clemson ACC FR WR 12 29 251 8.7 1 7 48 6.9 0 36 299 8.3 1
2016 Clemson ACC SO WR 13 49 472 9.6 2 5 28 5.6 0 54 500 9.3 2
2017 Clemson ACC JR WR 14 49 503 10.3 1 6 30 5.0 0 55 533 9.7 1
Career Clemson 39 127 1,226 9.7 4 18 106 5.9 0 145 1,332 9.2 4

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 9+12 in
(1.77 m)
190 lb
(86 kg)
30+14 in
(0.77 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.53 s 34.5 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
13 reps
All values from NFL Combine[10]

Buffalo Bills

McCloud was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round with the 187th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.[11] In Week 3, in a 27–6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, he made his first professional reception and had a 13-yard punt return.[12]

On August 31, 2019, McCloud was waived by the Bills.[13]

Carolina Panthers

On September 1, 2019, McCloud was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers.[14] He was waived on October 15, 2019.[15]

Buffalo Bills (second stint)

On October 17, 2019, McCloud was signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad.[16] In addition to serving as a wide receiver, McCloud served as the scout team quarterback, emulating the style of mobile quarterbacks the Bills face that week.[17] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Bills on January 6, 2020.[18] He was waived on July 27, 2020.[19]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On August 21, 2020, McCloud signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[20] McCloud signed a one-year contract extension with the Steelers on March 11, 2021.[21] McCloud became the Steelers' primary return specialist, returning 28 kickoffs for 646 yards and 29 punts with an average of 10.7 yards. He was named by Pro Football Focus on its All-Pro roster as a second-team return specialist.[22][23]

In 2021, McCloud lead the NFL in total punt-return yards gained.[24]

San Francisco 49ers

On March 22, 2022, McCloud signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.[25]

References

  1. ^ Thomson, Peter. "Meet Tampa Sickles RB Ray-Ray McCloud". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Ray-Ray McCloud Bio". Clemson Tigers Official Athletic Site. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Four-star RB Ray-Ray McCloud commits to Clemson". SI.com. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ray-Ray McCloud 2015 Player Statistics". cfbstats.com. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "Clemson's McCloud out vs. Florida State with apparent knee injury". theScore.com. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "College Football Injury Report: Week 11". fansided.com. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ray-Ray McCloud 2016 Player Statistics". cfbstats.com. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ray-Ray McCloud 2017 Player Statistics". cfbstats.com. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "Clemson junior receiver Ray-Ray McCloud to declare for 2018 NFL Draft". The Post And Courier. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "Raymond McCloud Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  11. ^ Murphy, John (April 28, 2018). "5 things to know about Ray-Ray McCloud". BuffaloBills.com. Archived from the original on May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Vikings – September 23rd, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  13. ^ Brown, Chris (August 31, 2019). "Bills cut roster down to 53 players". BuffaloBills.com.
  14. ^ Henson, Max (September 1, 2019). "Panthers part with Torrey Smith, Elijah Holyfield, Kevon Seymour to make three waiver claims". Panthers.com.
  15. ^ Henson, Max (October 15, 2019). "Panthers waive returner Ray-Ray McCloud". Panthers.com.
  16. ^ "Bills add WR Ray-Ray McCloud to practice squad". Bills Wire. USA Today. October 17, 2019.
  17. ^ Fairburn, Matt (December 4, 2019). "Lorenzo Alexander said Ray-Ray McCloud is helping the Bills simulate Lamar Jackson in practice this week". The Athletic via Twitter. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  18. ^ Brown, Chris (January 6, 2020). "Bills sign 10 reserve/future free agents". BuffaloBills.com.
  19. ^ Glab, Maddy (July 27, 2020). "Bills release WR Ray-Ray McCloud III, OL Garrett McGhin". BuffaloBills.com. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  20. ^ Varley, Teresa (August 21, 2020). "Steelers sign McCloud". Steelers.com. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  21. ^ Varley, Teresa (March 11, 2021). "McCloud signed to a one-year contract". Steelers.com. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  22. ^ Zasky, Jason (January 6, 2021). "3 Steelers Named to PFF's All-Pro Team". Heavy.com. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  23. ^ Monson, Sam (January 4, 2021). "PFF's 2020 NFL All-Pro Team: Aaron Rodgers, Derrick Henry and Aaron Donald highlight PFF's All-Pro roster". PFF. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  24. ^ "Punt Returns 2021 Season". NFL.com. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  25. ^ "49ers Sign WR Ray-Ray McCloud". 49ers.com. March 22, 2022. Retrieved March 22, 2022.