This year’s running back draft class is a very interesting one, and not only is there a lot of depth but there’s also some really nice top-level talent too.
The top three at the position are widely thought of as Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, and Christian McCaffrey, with different people ranking those three differently. It seems recently, however, McCaffrey’s stock has really been rising, and he could go quite high in this month’s NFL Draft.
According to NFL Media’s Peter Schrager, the feeling among multiple front office executives is that Christian McCaffrey will be a top-ten pick.
Here's one for Wednesday night. Heard from multiple front office execs over last few days. Feeling is now Christian McCaffery goes Top 10.— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) April 6, 2017
That would be very high for McCaffrey. He had a very good collegiate career at Stanford and could be a good playmaker in the NFL, but teams will need a plan for how to utilize his skillset. He can contribute as a runner, a receiver, and a return man, so teams have to be willing to adjust to his skillset. If that happens, however, he could be a good player.
This is relevant to the Colts because there are a number of mock drafts that have had McCaffrey going to the Colts in the first round with the fifteenth overall pick. The Colts need a young running back, and McCaffrey could be a nice fit - but it’s highly questionable whether the Colts would actually be looking for a running back in the first round or not. If, however, the Colts view McCaffrey as a top-ten talent and he drops to them at 15, then there’s a decent chance he could be viewed by them as the best overall player available.
On the other hand, however, if you don’t want the Colts to take a running back in the first round, this should be encouraging news because it means that it’s quite possible that McCaffrey could go before the Colts even get to pick. Not only would that eliminate a possible running back option in the first round, but it would mean that some of the other talent could be pushed down the board a bit, perhaps defensive talent that the Colts desperately need. That would be a really ideal scenario for the Colts, so fans should be hoping for as many offensive players to go in the first 14 picks as possible.
There’s still a long way to go before the draft actually arrives, as it’s three weeks from today, but it will be very interesting to see where Christian McCaffrey winds up being selected.