Christian McCaffrey: Stanford OC: CAR scheme flawless for McCaffrey

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That includes either LSU's Leonard Fournette or Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, among others.

After going 6-10 last season, the Panthers are scheduled to pick eighth in the first round on April 27 (the draft runs through April 29). I think that there are a ton of running backs with great chances to be great National Football League players that could be taken between the second and fourth rounds. Two of them were starters by the end of the season.

"Siting at eight, I hope I never have to be in this position again", Gettleman said Friday during a predraft media availability at Bank of America Stadium. "We didn't over-evaluate players".

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"I can't just say, 'Oh, we got to have the best prune-eater in America, '" Gettleman said.

Tennessee's Alvin Kamara finished with a 24, which was the highest of the running back scores listed in McGinn's report. At Stanford McCaffrey returned kicks, caught passes, ran the ball, and even threw a touchdown pass. The concept of devaluing a position.

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"If a guy is sitting there and he can help you win, don't worry about perception", he said. The biggest question for the Panthers is how does Christian McCaffrey's versatility compare to Fournette's raw atheltic power.

But both have vastly different physiques and styles. The Broncos are said to have some interest in the running back, but it's highly unlikely that McCaffrey lasts all the way until the 20th pick. He can catch it. "So that right there - he can run it, he can catch it - I guess that's three downs ..."

"(McCaffrey) has certainly shown he can carry the load at Stanford".

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"They both fit", assistant general manager Brandon Beane said Friday at the Panthers' annual pre-draft press conference. "His game will translate well to our level", he said.

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