Christian McCaffrey Declares For 2017 NFL Draft: Draft Projection, What Will Stanford Do Next?

Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey Declares For the 2017 NFL Draft

Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey declares for the 2017 NFL Draft. Where will he go? Was it the right or wrong move? What’s next for Stanford?

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RB Christian McCaffrey Jr.

It might not have been the 2,019-yard season of last year, and he might not have been quite the all-purpose machine, but with nothing else happening with the Stanford offense, and considering he was a marked man who fought through a few injuries and missed some time, running for 1,603 yards and 13 scores – he ran for just eight last year – and catching 37 passes for 310 yards and three scores was still amazing.

The team wasn’t as strong, and it exited the national spotlight once it got ripped up by Washington, but McCaffrey bounced back late in the year with five straight 100-yard games and with two straight 200-yard days to close out his regular season.

Christian McCaffrey Draft Projection

Late first round. He’ll likely fall just after Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook in the running back pecking order, and there’s a chance Royce Freeman could go earlier depending on team needs. He’ll be a different option than the other top backs. He’s more flash than power, and he might more like a toy for offensive coordinators to play with than a featured back at the next level, but every team would love to have a guy like him who can do it all.

Can He Play In The League?

Absolutely, and he might be a can’t miss in terms of at least being a productive starter. He might not be big enough to be a workhorse franchise back, but he should have a long, long shelf life as a top third down back as a receiver as well as a 15-carry guy. At the very least, if nothing else works, he can be used as a dangerous return man.

Right or Wrong Move?

He could’ve been a top pro last year, and he doesn’t need any extra touches. It’s the right move, and if he blows it out in workouts, there’s a chance he could work his way into the top 15.

What’s Next For Stanford?

Bryce Love isn’t as big as McCaffrey and will never be a bell cow runner, but he averaged over seven yards per pop and ran 23 times for 129 yards when he filled in for McCaffrey against Notre Dame. He’ll be the main man for the flash, while the 6-1, 220-pound Cameron Scarlett will provide more of the pop.