Christian McCaffrey has talent way beyond his size and football intelligence way
beyond his years. He is the definition of a football Swiss Army Knife. From the
screwdriver to the corkscrew, the toothpick to the scissors, Christian will be
able to fix any problem a team might be having with their offense. He can be a
third down running back, a slot receiver or wide receiver and a return man on
the special teams. He can be a deep threat receiving the ball or your short
yardage move the chains receiver. He can run between the tackles and corkscrew
your linebackers into the ground while cutting through your defensive back field
like a scissor cutting through ribbon. Christian has unique speed and quickness
along with unique lateral agility that allows him to burst through tackles and
change gears when running routes or when running between the tackles. Christian
might be one of the most intelligent running backs in this draft. He has the
ability to set up blocks running with the patience like a veteran NFL running
back. He has the hand/eye coordination to catch the ball deep and that alone at
the next level is worth selecting him early.
The key to Christian being successful at the next level is how smart is the head
coach for the team that selects him and injuries. Thatís it, use him correctly
and keep him injury free as much as possible. Lack of bulk & size will be an
issue some teams will have with Christian, not me because I know that impact
players come in all different sizes.
I pity the NFL teams that pass on selecting Christian and allow him to be
selected by the New England Patriots! The other teams in that division will
never see the Super Bowl for years if that happens. Christian is an impact
player who doesnít need to touch the ball many times in a game to impact. The
smart thing to do is to keep him on the field for every down and move him all
over your offense. The dumbest thing you can do is to pigeon hole this kid and
think he is only a third down back. Thatís just plain dumb. An original true
Swiss Army Knife has at least 32 uses and Iím guessing Christian can also be
used in 32 different ways also but, sitting on the bench is not one of them.
Sitting on the Bench on any down and distance would be like leaving your Swiss
Army Knife at home instead of taking it with you on your camping trip. Seriously
donít select Christian if you think he is just a third down running back and
donít select him if you think he is just a specialty player. He plays with the
same style and quickness of former Bills special teams ace Steve Tasker, same
toughness, moxie and football intelligence but much better top end speed.
Christian is a unique talent and I would not hesitate to select him as early as
possible if needed a Swiss Army Knife and reallyÖwho doesnít need a Swiss Army
Knife? S.A.KÖall the way.