The NFL Draft is fast approaching, and Christian McCaffrey is a polarizing figure right now.
Every day there’s a new question to debate. Is he the best running back in the draft? Can he handle an NFL workload? Should he be a receiver instead of a running back?
But instead, let’s focus on another question: where is he projected to go in the draft?
Dane Brugler of CBS Sports predicts that the Eagles will call McCaffrey’s name with the 14th overall pick. Head coach Doug Pedersen coached Jamaal Charles in Kansas City and Darren Sproles last year, so he does love dual-threat options.
The Eagles have surrounded second-year quarterback Carson Wentz with weapons on offense, but adding a versatile threat like McCaffrey is something that should frighten the rest of the NFC East.
Dan Kadar from SB Nation had the same idea, also predicting that the Eagles will select McCaffrey.
Running back or wide receiver, McCaffrey will make plays all over the place in Philadelphia’s offense.
However, it’s worth noting that in our SB Nation writers’ draft, the Broncos select McCaffrey. The Denver Post also suggested the same thing the other day. With his family history and Stanford legend John Elway at the helm, that’d be pretty cool.
At The Ringer, Danny Kelly has a slightly different idea for McCaffrey, and suggests that the Saints will pick him 32nd overall.
McCaffrey doesn’t possess Darren Sproles’s lightning burst, but he’d play a similar role in the New Orleans offense: a dual-threat runner-receiver, capable of flexing out and running a slant or simply taking a handoff and creating on his own.
As a final aside, Rotoworld’s Josh Norris also offered up this bit of analysis on Caff:
The more you watch McCaffrey, the more you realize he can be a primary piece in an NFL running and passing game. https://t.co/I5JLYWg8xi— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 11, 2017
It’s why he’s possibly the best back in this loaded running back draft class - he’s the perfect functional piece of a modern NFL offense.