Jeff Darlington of ESPN hears that the Eagles “really like” Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey, but don’t expect him to drop to them at No. 14 overall.
- Darlington mentions that it’s possible the Eagles could consider trading up to get McCaffrey.
- Jason La Canfora says he wouldn’t be shocked if the Chargers drafted McCaffrey ahead of the Panthers at No. 7 overall.
- Lance Zierlein tossed out the Panthers and Eagles are the two landing spots to watch tonight based on what he’s hearing from sources.
Earlier in the day, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk spoke with a source with knowledge of the dynamics who believes the talk of the Panthers drafting McCaffrey at No. 8 overall is “likely a smokescreen.
According to Florio, McCaffrey’s range is currently believed to be between No. 5 through No. 15. Florio added that anyone interested in McCaffrey drafting after the Panthers could consider moving up ahead of Carolina to get McCaffrey, assuming they’re buying the Panthers’ reported interest in him.
McCaffrey tested so well and has shown dynamic ability during his college career that some evaluators believe he could actually play slot receiver in the NFL. McCaffrey runs great routes and should be able to line up all over the field, so it’s possible he could fit in almost any offense, due to his versatility.
McCaffrey, 20, is among the top running back prospects in what’s considered to be one of the deepest classes in years. He was a Heisman trophy candidate during his career at Staford.
McCaffrey visited with the Redskins, Panthers and Broncos during the pre-draft process.
During his college career at Stanford, McCaffrey rushed for 3,915 yards on 631 carries (6.2 YPC) to go along with 100 receptions for 1,213 yards receiving and 31 total touchdowns over the course of 37 games.
We have him being selected by the Panthers in the First Round of our 2017 NFL Mock Draft.