By: Steve Johnson
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
5’11” 202, 30″ arms, 9″ hands
4.48 40, 37 1/2″ vert, 121″ broad jump
2014: 12 games. 42 att, 300 yards; 17 rec, 251 yards, 2 TDs.
2015: 14 games. 337 att, 2019 yards, 8 TDs; 45 rec, 645 yards, 5 TDs.
2016: 11 games. 253 att, 1603 yards, 13 TDs; 37 rec, 310 yards, 3 TDs.
Misc. Stats: 56 KR, 1479 yards, 1 TD; 34 PR, 380 yards, 1 TD during career. Also went 2/3 for 39 yards and 2 TDs.
Accolades: 2015 AP Player of the Year. 2015 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. First-team All-Pac-12 in 2o15 and 2016. 2015 All-American. Associate Press Player of the Year in 2015.
Injuries: Was banged up for most of 2016 and decided to sit out his team’s bowl game.
History: Has NFL pedigree, son of Bronco’s great Ed McCaffrey. 4 star recruit out of Colorado. His mother played soccer at Stanford, his older brother football at Duke. Has 2 younger brothers, both ranked nationally in football. Was the Gatorade Football Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Also ran track in High School.
Strengths: Elite quickness (6.57 3 cone drill is the 2nd fastest ever). Can cut on a dime. Elite hands for a back, can even be used as a slot receiver. Deceptively fast with break away speed when hitting the 2nd level. Patient waiting for his blocks. Excellent vision. Can make guys miss at all 3 levels, reminds me a little of Shady McCoy at times. Willing pass blocker, does a nice job of recognizing and picking up blitzes. Protects the ball when in traffic, and keeps his legs churning. Very smart, was a 2016 Academic All-American.
Weaknesses: Only did 10 reps at the combine. Obviously lacks elite size, isn’t running anyone over. Has put a lot of miles on the car over the past 2 seasons. Is very twitchy but not a burner, might have troubler separating in the NFL. Might get steamrolled picking up blitzes from NFL linebackers.
Overview: More than just a complimentary player, McCaffrey is a legitimate weapon that can be moved all over the field. Can make an immediate impact day one, as a runner, receiver, and return man. There’s going to be some teams that view him as the best back in the draft for what they do, others will think he’s just a 3rd down back.
Draft Projection: 1st round pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.5