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03/26/17 - Stanford Pro day: It isn’t often that McCaffrey and fellow first-round shoo-in Solomon Thomas are relegated to the third story. They were not that, in fact, for new 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who were among the NFL talent evaluators on hand for Thursday’s workout. Like the other top-rated prospects, McCaffrey and Thomas opted to stand on their combine performances -- for good reason. The 5-11, 202-pound McCaffrey wowed in Indianapolis with a more impressive workout (including a 4.48-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 37.5-inch vertical jump) than either of the two running backs currently ranked ahead of him on NFLDraftScout.com’s board (Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and LSU’s Leonard Fournette). - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/04/17 - 2017 NFL Combine, Day 3 Winners: Christian McCaffrey: The explosive player out of Stanford put up some big numbers at the combine, running a 4.48 in the 40 and posting a second-best 37 1/2-inch vertical jump. His 12-foot-1 broad jump was also a top-tier number. McCaffery doesn’t get the same attention as the other top guys in this class (Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook), but he should, and I think ultimately he doesn’t make it out of the first round. As colleague Rob Rang put it, he’s a “four-down back” who can contribute in so many ways. A smart team will realize what a weapon he is and utilize him. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
03/04/17 - 2017 NFL Combine, Day 3 Takeaways: 6. McCaffrey steals the spotlight from Fournette, Cook...For most, the conversation about running backs in the first round starts and ends with LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, but it was Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey who shined brightest Friday. Perhaps it wasn’t surprising that the 202-pound Stanford star proved faster in the 40-yard dash than the considerably bigger Fournette (240) and Cook (210), clocking in at 4.48 seconds, but it was the quickness he showed in the three-cone drill that really left scouts in awe. McCaffrey was clocked at 6.57 seconds -- a blistering time for a running back -- and one that accurately demonstrates his rare change of direction. McCaffrey also showed surprising explosiveness, recording a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump (second among all running backs) and a 10-foot-1 broad jump. Perhaps best of all, McCaffrey was terrific during position drills, including as a pass-catcher. Given his size, Fournette’s 4.51 second time in the 40-yard dash is very impressive, but he showed a disappointing lack of explosiveness during the vertical jump, with his 28 1/2-inch effort just half an inch better than the worst recorded by any running back tested this year -- and 3 1/2 inches less than San Diego State guard Nico Siragusa, who checks in at 6-foot-4 and 319 pounds. - Dane Brugler & Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/03/17 - 2017 NFL Combine, Day 2 Takeaways: 6. McCaffrey leans on versatility to stand apart in loaded class...This class of running backs is one of the best in recent memory, not only for the talent at the top, but the depth throughout the draft. And Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey is in the mix to be one of the top three backs off the board, possibly in the first round. Why does he think he should go that high? His versatility. “I don’t think there’s anyone else that can do all the things I can as far as running between the tackles, outside pass protect, play X, Z, slot and do a lot of things in the return game as well,” McCaffrey said.
McCaffrey won’t run routes at the combine but plans to do more receiving drills at his pro day. He will perform every drill in Indianapolis, starting with the bench press, where he put up 10 reps Thursday. “I play with a chip on my shoulder always,” McCaffrey answered when asked if he felt disrespected in this talented class. “I feel like a lot of people don’t give me credit for my skills and talents. I have a chip on my shoulder at all times. That’s been my whole life.” McCaffrey, who tipped the scale at only 202 pounds, revealed that the reason for his midseason injury as a junior was a hip bruise that bugged him for a few weeks. He wanted to play through the injury, but the Stanford training staff and coaches were “very cautious” about the issue. - Rob Rang & Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/01/17 - 2017 NFL Combine, Wednesday takeaways: 9. Christian McCaffrey tips the scale at 202 pounds...Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is one of the best pure talents in the 2017 draft class. But the main question is whether he can be the feature back in an offense with his 202-pound skill-set. In my opinion, he can, but the definition of “feature back” needs to change a bit. McCaffrey shouldn’t be carrying the ball 25 times a game, but you do want to see him touching the ball 25 times a game with 17-18 carries and six or seven targets -- similar to a Brian Westbrook role. McCaffrey can line up in the slot or outside and run better routes than several other wideouts on the roster. That is where he can excel. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com