DFW 2017 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Christian McCaffrey

RB Christian McCaffrey – Junior / 6-0 / 200 – STANFORD

  • McCaffrey was the AP College Football Player of the Year and runner-up for the Heisman Trophy to Derrick Henry in 2015 when he set the NCAA record for most all-purpose yards in a season (3,864), breaking the record previously held by Barry Sanders
  • McCaffrey offers one of the most versatile skill sets among running backs in this year’s NFL Draft – he is comfortable as a traditional runner out of the backfield, he is a tremendous receiver and can also contribute on kickoff returns
  • In 2015, McCaffrey was the only player in the FBS to lead his team in both rushing and receiving
  • Experienced player – McCaffrey played in all 14 games at Stanford as a true freshman
  • Possesses a great first step with tremendous initial burst and acceleration
  • Has good feet and vision to set-up and avoid would-be tacklers — he is extremely challenging to tackle in the open field
  • A former state champion sprinter, McCaffrey is a home-run hitter who can take it the distance on any carry
  • Has the speed to beat linebackers to the corner
  • Has a high football IQ
  • Highly-effective runner who averaged 6.2 yards per carry over his collegiate career on 632 attempts
  • McCaffrey also fared well against AP-ranked teams, with a career 6.3 yards per carry average against AP-ranked teams
  • McCaffrey had 21 career rushing TDs, 10 receiving TDs, plus two return TDs and two passing TDs
  • Will be somewhat undersized for the NFL level in terms of being a true featured-back and may not be a consistent goal-line back (McCaffrey had just 21 rushing TDs on 632 career rushing attempts)
  • Although it won’t impact his stock any, McCaffrey sat out the Stanford bowl game (Sun Bowl)
  • Winner of the 2015 Paul Hornung Award winner (as college’s most versatile and high-performing player) – Panthers’ LB Shaq Thompson won the award in 2014, Odell Beckham Jr. won in 2013 and Tavon Austin won in 2012, the most three previous recent winners before McCaffrey in 2015
  • Left high school as the state of Colorado’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards and touchdowns and won four consecutive state titles; McCaffrey was also the Gatorade Football Player of the Year for the state of Colorado in both 2012 and 2013
  • Son of former Stanford and Broncos’ wide receiver Ed McCaffrey
  • COMBINE UPDATE: 40+ 4.48, Bench = 10, Vert = 37 1/2″, Broad = 10’1″, 3-con = 6.57
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: Top half of the 1st round