The Philadelphia Eagles have not addressed their running back situation this offseason. If they’d like to start doing that, drafting Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey would be the way to go.
Christian McCaffrey checks all the boxes for a running back prospect. While it’s easy to look past him due to his ethnicity (something Shannon Sharpe has not done), his sneaky athleticism allows him to be a legitimate three down prospect. Oh, he’s also 5’11 and 202 pounds and had an absolute freakish NFL Combine.
Raise your hand if you believe that the trio of Ryan Mathews, Wendell Smallwood, and Darren Sproles excites you in 2017. Does your opinion change for 2018? Both Mathews and Sproles are seemingly on borrowed time in Philadelphia.
This has not been lost on the Eagles brass either. According to Tyler Polumbus of 104.3 The FAN in Colorado, the Eagles appear to be displaying interest in McCaffrey. Smoke and mirrors aside, the Eagles are wise for exhausting all possible avenues for the 14th pick. There’s no guarantee that Dalvin Cook would be available.
An interesting hypothetical could emerge for the team if Cook is there however. Would the Eagles take McCaffrey or Cook? If Doug Pederson’s recent words are any hint, it appears that McCaffrey would have a leg up in the competition. Despite his talent, Cook has had off-field issues at Florida State.
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As it relates to the performance on the field, McCaffrey presents a matchup nightmare for opposing teams. Additionally, he’s the type of running back that Pederson loves.
Last season Smallwood and Kenjon Barner played 134 and 100 snaps on special teams, respectively. McCaffrey has special teams familiarity from his time in Stanford as well. Imagine Sproles being able to pass his knowledge on to the young rookie this season.
Carson Wentz received a lot of shiny weapons on offense. Last season however, over half of his passes were five yards or less from the line of scrimmage. Wentz had an anemic aDOT relative to the rest of the league, and especially given how many times he threw the ball. McCaffrey’s ability in space and his soft hands would be a match made in heaven for the young signal caller. The Eagles have been looking for the next Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy over the past couple seasons. If they draft McCaffrey, they’ll have found him. That’s no April fool’s joke either.