Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is a do-everything dynamo entering the 2017 NFL Draft.
School: Stanford Ht: 6-0 Wt: 202
McCaffrey is supremely quick and agile, easily making defenders miss in the open field. His lateral agility is uncanny. He also has the speed to bend angles and run away from defenses.As a runner, McCaffrey has excellent vision and is able to transfer what his eyes see to his feet in an instant. He’s patient, decisive and does a great job setting up blocks. His toughness between the tackles belies his size, as he keeps his legs churning upon contact to move piles or break free.
McCaffrey is easily the best receiving running back of the 2017 NFL Draft class. He is adept at catching the ball out of the backfield, but he doesn’t stop there. He often lines up in the slot or out wide, running legit routes and catching the ball cleanly.
Most of McCaffrey’s “weaknesses” derive from unknowns. It’s unknown whether McCaffrey will wear down after receiving nearly 700 touches over the past two seasons (rushes, receptions, returns). He does not have prototypical size for a “bell cow” NFL running back. But, he’s never suffered injuries in college, so it’s an unknown if it’ll be an issue on the next level.
McCaffrey, the son of former Pro Bowl wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, is a dangerous weapon on offense. The NFL team that drafts him should, and may have to, be extremely creative to get the most out of McCaffrey. Simply lining him up in the backfield is not going to maximize his immense talents. He’ll likely shine in pre-draft workouts and the combine, because he does everything so well.
Mid to late round 1