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Stanford football star Christian McCaffrey drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 8th pick overall in the 2017 NFL Draft

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The Panthers drafted McCaffrey with the #8 pick

NCAA Football: Rice at Stanford Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Cardinal star Christian McCaffrey will be trading in his Cardinal jersey for a Panthers jersey. The Panthers had long been rumored to be interested in McCaffrey in multiple mock drafts. McCaffrey was the second running back taken in the draft, despite many questioning his ability as an every down back. Clearly, the Panthers thought otherwise.

Carolina Panthers select Christian McCaffrey

Mock drafts predicted Christian McCaffrey all over the place from a top 10 pick until the end of the first round. There were questions about McCaffrey size and strength, but his talent was undeniable and now he is headed to the NFL.

McCaffrey has shown incredible ability and versatility as a running back, wide receiver, and a kick returner. He now takes his talents to Carolina as a member of the Panthers.

Christian McCaffrey, the #8 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers may have just gotten the best player in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Posted by Rule of Tree on Thursday, April 27, 2017

From his scouting report:

“At the NFL combine, McCaffrey turned heads by putting up numbers similar to Adrian Peterson. However, McCaffrey does not play like the established NFL star; he’s much more unique since he can line up as a receiver. Although McCaffrey is extremely versatile, he does compare to current NFL players. Most likely, McCaffrey will end up with a role similar to Danny Woodhead or James White. Both players are not every down backs but come on the field as playmakers as either a running back or a slot receiver. McCaffrey, though, does have the potential to be star, and he has skyrocketed up NFL mock drafts recently. With the mentality of star, McCaffrey should strive to find a role similar to Le’veon Bell. Bell is a star running back who plays every down as a running back or slot receiver, and he tears up stat sheets while doing so. Christian McCaffrey is versatile and has the potential to become the next Le’veon Bell.”

Best of luck to McCaffrey in the NFL.

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