River Ridge, Louisiana is part of the New Orleans metroplex and home to John Curtis Christian School, which houses one of the most successful high school programs in the country. Theyve won 24 state titles since 1975 and Cain won a championship in each of his four years as a starter there. Though he ran for over 2,350 yards and scored 30 times at running back (and was part of a state championship 4x100 relay team in track), TCU saw his potential as a linebacker.
He played eight games on special teams as a freshman (four tackles), but missed five games due to injury. Again Cain starred on special teams while playing in every game as a sophomore, while also seeing some action on defense (28 total tackles). Finally getting a chance to start in 2011 (nine times in 11 games played), he earned second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors after leading the Horned Frogs with 72 tackles (three for loss), intercepting a pass and breaking up four others.
Downhill player against the run or pass blitzer from between the tackles or on strong side. Comes in low and hard as a tackler, using his length to wrap and flashing the ability to stop backs cold in their tracks. Even if he doesnt make the tackle, his willingness to take out lead blockers helps stop the action. He brings some violence into offensive linemen getting into his path and can pop off their advances to grab ballcarriers trying to slingshot off the block. Out-quicks guards, as well, to cut inside to find the ball. Presents good movement skills in coverage, dropping deep, playing tight ends physically off the line, and making hits to separate the ball.
Undersized frame makes it more difficult to fight off NFL linemen, though his frame still seems to be growing. Closes in a hurry as an open-lane blitzer but lacks the consistent hand usage to beat blocks on his way to the quarterback. TCUs attacking style benefits his athleticism, but hell need to show scouts instincts and discipline to not get fooled by play action and misdirection.
TCU seems to have a mid-round prospect at linebacker in every draft class, and this former safety grown into a 2011 second-team All-Mountain West pick (72 tackles, three for loss) seems next in that line. Now in the Big 12, hell need to utilize all of his speed and tenacity in shaking down ballcarriers to be an all-conference selection and continue the teams linebacker pipeline to the NFL.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.