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Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey selected by Panthers in 2017 NFL Draft

Former Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey was drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 8th pick of the NFL Draft. McCaffrey is known as a versatile back who can be a deadly weapon in so many aspects of the game. Whether it’s his unreal cuts/vision, catching passes out of the backfield, or returning kicks and punts, McCaffrey will be a versatile weapon in this offense.

Is this a good fantasy football fit?

Yes, this is a good fit for McCaffrey in an offense looking to add a playmaker. QB Cam Newton has seen his carries and goal line touches dramatically decrease in order to avoid injury. In the backfield, Jonathan Stewart is getting old and doesn’t have the flair or explosiveness that McCaffrey has. McCaffrey did numerous workouts as a receiver which will allow the Panthers to use him in so many different ways in the offense. For a team that is revamping it’s offense, McCaffrey is an amazing swiss army knife like tool that should put up all sorts of numbers this season.

McCaffrey’s Combine Analysis

McCaffrey had a GREAT combine are performed well in numerous tests. He was a top performer in the 40 yard dash, vertical jump, 3 cone drill, 20 yard shuttle and 60 yard shuttle. His change of pace and quickness is amazing to the point where some videos make it look like he’s sped up.

That foot speed is ABSURD. Like the video, McCaffrey dazzled in basically everything he did. He looked quick and fluid with his cuts, looked good catching passes, and just displayed an amazing ability to change directions at high speed. Offensive coordinators and head coaches were likely salivating watching him perform thinking of all the different things he could do in an offense. His 4.48 time in the 40 was a very comforting as he matched up with other top RB’s in the class.

How good was McCaffrey in college?

Was McCaffrey good in college? Lol, he was GREAT in college. He was an unheralded recruit coming into Stanford as the 26th ranked athlete of the class. Freshman year was a bit slow as he was the fourth leading rusher on Stanford’s team with only 300 rushing yards and zero touchdowns. The explosion came in his sophomore year where he took the nation by storm. McCaffrey totaled 2,019 rushing yards for 8 touchdowns, while adding in 645 receiving yards for 5 touchdowns with one more return touchdown. He ended up breaking Barry Sanders’ (ever heard of him) record for all-purpose yards and was labeled as a consensus All-American and the AP Player of the Year. Alabama running back Derrick Henry ended up winning the Heisman trophy, as McCaffrey finished second. The Stanford alum’s junior year wasn’t as lavish as his sophomore year, but he still finished with 1,603 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. An impressive college career to say the least, McCaffrey’s success should translate over into the NFL.

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