WalterFootball.com was first to report that McCaffrey was going to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. McCaffrey announced he would sit out the Stanford bowl game in order to prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft. Team sources said that didn't really sit well with them because everything they heard out of Stanford was that McCaffrey was a great teammate, hard worker, a leader, and a player who pushed his teammates to be better. Thus, sitting out a game was a bit out of character. By the time of the 2017 NFL Draft though, it probably won't hurt McCaffrey.
In 2016, McCaffrey averaged 6.3 yards per carry for 1,603 yards and 13 touchdowns. Additionally, he had 37 receptions for 310 yards and three touchdowns. McCaffrey worked out really well at the combine, where he displayed excellent route-running.
In my opinion, McCaffrey should have won last season's Heisman Trophy because he carried Stanford in 2015. McCaffrey has a tremendous burst to break into the open field. He also has great vision and cutting ability. In 2015, McCaffrey averaged six yards per carry for 2,019 yards with eight touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 45 catches for 645 yards and five scores. McCaffrey looks undersized, but he still should be an early rounder.
What really sets McCaffrey apart as a runner is his acceleration and explosiveness. He was a home-run hitter and a threat to rip off a huge gain every time he touched the ball last season. McCaffrey has a nice first-step and darts through the hole to get into the second level of the defense. In the open field, he has a second gear to pull away from defenders and also is very elusive. He uses his feet, vision, and agility to weave around defenders. McCaffrey isn't a power runner who simply runs over tacklers, but he does finish his runs well and can pick up some yards after contact.
McCaffrey has good balance to keep his feet, runs with an excellent body lean, and is a patient runner to set up his blocks. As a receiver, he has soft hands and is a very good route-runner. Not only does he make plays on offense, McCaffrey is a dangerous kick returner. The biggest issue for him is size and durability. While he held up well for Stanford last year, McCaffrey is undersized for a NFL feature back. He is a lot like Reggie Bush in terms of his size and playing style.
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