Could the Philadelphia Eagles do the thing and trade up for Christian McCaffrey?
Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey is one of the top running back prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Philadelphia Eagles need a running back with Ryan Mathews likely on the way out and Darren Sproles in the twilight of his career. Could he be the Eagles’ guy in the first round?
It sounds possible, but it may take a trade to get him.
According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, the Eagles are very high on McCaffrey, but do not think he will be available when they make their No. 14 overall selection. This could cause them to trade up ahead of the Carolina Panthers, who are also a potential landing spot for McCaffrey.
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There’s no question McCaffrey would be a perfect fit in Doug Pederson‘s offense. Pederson recently described his dream running back as someone who can run, catch, run good routes and play on all three downs, which is almost an exact description of McCaffrey’s game.
In three seasons at Stanford, McCaffrey recorded 3,922 rushing yards, 1,206 receiving yards and 32 total touchdowns. To show off his versatility, McCaffrey worked out as a wide receiver at Stanford’s pro day.
Last week, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz compared McCaffrey to Darren Sproles. While McCaffrey is about a half-foot taller than Sproles, it’s not hard to see the similarities between the two backs. Both are two of the most electrifying playmakers in football and watching an offense comprised of Sproles, McCaffrey, Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery would be quite the treat.