Panthers get their running back, Christian McCaffrey with the eighth pick

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The Panthers have the opportunity to “evolve” their offense, and they’ll do it with a different kind of back.

With the eighth overall choice, the Panthers took Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.

The Panthers were clearly in the market for a running back to supplement Jonathan Stewart, and might have preferred Leonard Fournette.

But when the Jaguars took the LSU star fourth overall, it cleared the decks for a non-traditional back there.

McCaffrey brings a different dimension, and is more of a pass-catcher who can work out of the slot and create matchup problems in the passing game. But they also just invested a top-10 pick who won’t necessarily be an every-down player.

That doesn’t seem to be an issue for General Manager Dave Gettleman, whose last two first-rounders were backups as rookies (defensive tackle Vernon Butler and linebacker Shaq Thompson).

11 responses to “Panthers get their running back, Christian McCaffrey with the eighth pick

  1. he should of been the #1 pick. we all know why he wasnt tho… sad reflection on the state of our society tbh. hope cam newton learns something from this nice young mans work ethic.

  2. McCaffrey just announced he is holding out of training camp and the regular season so he doesn’t get injured for a playoff run.

  3. he carried the ball over 600 times at 6 yards per and he had some of the best times in combine drills, but he’s a “passing down” back-only because he….. went to Stanford?

  4. 10 reps on the bench press? How’s his blocking?

    Looks like Cam is going to keep getting pounded.

  5. genericcommenter says:
    Apr 27, 2017 9:15 PM
    he carried the ball over 600 times at 6 yards per and he had some of the best times in combine drills, but he’s a “passing down” back-only because he….. went to Stanford?
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    No, he’s a passing down back, punt/kick returner because the NFL is not the Pac 12.
    If you ran him out there every down he wouldn’t make it through 8 games.

    He’s going to be another Reggie Bush. Good, a versatile weapon, but never an NFL superstar, not worth such a high pick

  6. I really hoped Fournette would fall to us as I’d love to see Carolina with a big, physical, dynamic back to get back to the more physical running style they’ve been so successful with. However McCaffrey has the potential and talent to be a matchup nightmare and game changer with Carolina. Hopefully he is because the NFC South has gotten a whole lot better on paper tonight.

  7. Well the Carolina Panthers have forced me into a position where I have to defend McCaffrey, fortunately for me most of you are dumb. He had over 30 touches per game on average and has less injuries than leonard fournette, 60 percent of his snaps were out of the shotgun so he’s pretty good at running up the middle, the Panthers will tell you he’s stellar tackle box runner who has insanely good patience. I think someone said he cant block…you got me there but show me a player who can do everything. Personally I would have loved him if we were drafted in the 20s – 30s because that’s where I saw him going up until the hype took over, but I can’t complain too much because we always draft defense in the first round and Cam needs a check down receiver who can work the slot and take it to the house off of underneath routes. This pick, whether it was a reach or not, will improve our offense and I’m excited for that. Still….Hooker, Allen, Lattimore, Howard….there’s at least one hall of famer in that group.

  8. McCaffery does not have to block to protect Cam. The fact that he is a check down nightmare will force teams to cover him or get burned. McCaffery will allow Cam to get the ball out of his hands faster with is a better way not to get hit than being protected by the best blocking back in the game.

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