Christian McCaffrey: I'm disrespected in 2017 RB class

Janie Parker
March 4, 2017

Many leave with nerves and concerns.

On Thursday, McCaffrey took part in the bench press drill at the NFL Combine and registered 10 reps at 225 pounds - impressive, perhaps, at your local gym, but not so much by Combine standards.

Behind closed doors, surrounded by his teammates, McCaffrey received a standing ovation. He said discussions about that controversial decision don't last very long.

What those players will find among coaches and executives is more understanding of the decision to bypass the bowl game than seemed possible.

Added 49ers GM John Lynch on Thursday: "As a Stanford fan, I wasn't a huge fan of that".

On the prospect of the Broncos selecting him, McCaffrey said he would embrace the idea. But LSU's Leonard Fournette, Florida State's Dalvin Cook, McCaffrey and Tennessee's Alvin Kamara generally are regarded as the top of the class. He worked as a bellcow at Stanford, but it hardly illuminated his value. However, he has shown physical toughness as a runner and has displayed his versatility as a wide receiver and a return man, as detailed by CSN Chicago. It is that varied skill set that creates an argument for the Broncos selecting him with the 20th overall pick.

McCaffrey met with the Broncos' decision-makers Wednesday night.

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McCaffrey's father, Ed McCaffrey, played for the Giants from 1991-93. "I'd be happy to play for anybody".

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, whose son, Luke, played high school ball with McCaffrey, is a believer.

Lynch has known McCaffrey, whose father, Ed, had a long National Football League career as a wide receiver, for many years. It was there McCaffrey established himself as one of the greatest prep stars in Colorado history.

For Christian McCaffrey, the only thing harder than skipping the Sun Bowl was having to inform his teammates.

"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". "When I thought about it, kind of the old school in me wanted to come out saying, 'Why would those guys not play?"

McCaffrey missed time last season because of a hip issue. "So I would never question his commitment to team, but other people will". But speed matters. And if McCaffrey can flash on the 40 with a time under 4.5 it will only mute more doubters.

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is a first-round NFL Draft prospect due to his quickness and explosiveness. That's just the way it is. "I really try to pride myself on route running, catching and being able to be a mismatch anywhere on the field".

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