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  1. Throughout the draft, I will be writing a short little outline concerning each prospect on some key things that each prospect brings. Each of these mini-analysis sections will focus on some key things of each prospects game and their fit on the Panthers. A common theme will be how they will contribute to the evolution of our offense or bolster our defense. So, without further ado, enjoy a nice summary of what McCaffrey brings to the table: RB Christian McCaffrey Key Combine Stats: McCaffrey's 4.22-second 20-Shuttle is the 14th best performance since 2012, and his 6.57-second 3-Cone is the best during the same span. Description A very elusive and talented runner, McCaffrey is a nightmare for any defensive coordinator in the NFL. His ability to play in the slot and be an elite runner is fairly evident in his game. He showcases the patience of Le'Veon Bell and the elusiveness and angles of LeSean McCoy. He's an elite back who can play slot WR at an elite level, and a revolutionary piece in the Panthers evolution. Scheme Fit: 10/10 McCaffrey finds most of his success from the shotgun. In shotgun or pistol sets McCaffrey created a robust 5.74 yards per attempt versus 5.66 yards on carries with the quarterback under center. On average, there is usually a 0.78-yard difference in favor of runs out of the shotgun. Meaning, regardless of the college program, running out of the shotgun is usually slightly more efficient. QB Cam Newton had 9.2% of snaps from center last year, and ran shotgun for the most part. McCaffrey is a revolutionary runner with amazing vision between the tackles that allows him to thrive in zone offenses. A perfect pairing and fit. Running Ability: 9/10 A patient runner with an elusive style, McCaffrey makes mature decisions. He gets strong depth to the line of scrimmage to press creases on zone runs and he can string together stutter steps, dips, jump cuts, and jukes to reach the hole. He reads penetration well and reacts appropriately to earn what he can when the defense foils the scheme. Although not a power back, McCaffrey uses his acceleration, body lean, and strength to pull defenders with him when he gets downhill. Because he can accelerate from a stop with good explosion, McCaffrey can lean through a defensive lineman wrapping him from the side when he is heading downhill. He also keeps his feet moving and helps his teammates create a push for extra yards. Elusiveness: 10/10 McCaffrey is known for his steep angles and steps. He thrives in his elusive running ability. McCaffrey will make defenders miss with his sudden acceleration, explosiveness, and cuts. With his elusiveness, McCaffrey showcases the ability to gain a host of yards without the need to be bulky. He will gain all the yards any powerback would be able to gain in the same situation due to his elusive behavior. At 0.436 missed tackles per opportunity (rush or target), McCaffrey forced the third-most whiffed tackles in Yards Created’s history behind Tyler Ervin (0.463) and Joe Mixon (0.577). More specifically, McCaffrey is easily one of the most elusive backs in Yards Created’s very short history. 60.3% of McCaffrey’s cumulative missed tackles in his sample came via a juke, spin, or cut (elusiveness). That's some crazy stuff. Pass Protecting Ability: 8/10 At Stanford, McCaffrey got exposure to NFL-style pass plays, jargon, and protection schemes. McCaffrey has shown enough enough refined technique as a blocker that he should develop into a solid pass protector within the course of his rookie year. He gets proper depth into the line of scrimmage to meet with blitzing defenders and shoots his arms for a quick punch. Size has been argued as an issue, and that may be the case in attempting to block any big D-line player, but he has showcased perfect technique and effort to succeed with his size disadvantage. Although he has to improve his reads and reactions to Green Dog Blitzes, McCaffrey has shown enough enough refined technique as a blocker that he should develop into a solid pass protector within the course of his rookie year. Vision: 9/10 McCaffrey's vision is near elite. McCaffrey will assess the situation of how the defense is reacting to make the best judgement on course of action, and makes the best of decisions. Whenever McCaffrey sees an opportunity present itself through patience and pacing, he'll jump right to it. Unlike other backs like Kamara who would likely bounce outside when impatient with the hole development, McCaffrey will seek out any creases to gain as much yards as possible. This style of running allows him to be successful even without the power. Sometimes, McCaffery will pick a hole before he reads the situation. It occurs on short-yardage plays and makes him prone to tentative decision-making when he's off his game. When this happens, he'll appear hesitant to hit skinny creases with aggression and he runs into defenders he could have avoided. Dense boxes at the line of scrimmage can be difficult for good professional backs for the same reasons, so it's not a significant concern for McCaffrey. Receiving: 9.5/10 A big part of McCaffrey's value is the receiving game. He runs a mean Whip Route (a stop-start route across the middle that baits the defender into thinking the receiver will reverse field at the top of the stem) and he routinely finds the open zones. Although he has difficulty with high-velocity targets thrown over his head in the short range of the field, McCaffrey is a reliable option who tracks the ball well and has the athletic ability to present mismatches from the backfield, the slot and on the perimeter. Once in the open field, McCaffrey strings together moves that can turn a short play into a breakaway run. Production: 10/10 McCaffrey is one of the most prolific college rushers—and receivers—of our time. In fact, he is one of just 12 running backs since 2000 to run for at least 3,500 yards and have over 1,000 receiving yards in a career. Among players on that list, McCaffrey leads everyone in both yards per carry (6.2) and yards per reception (12.1) for their respective careers. That’s absurd. There should be no questions about McCaffrey's production. He's been productive. McCaffrey faced every defensive front imaginable. McCaffrey posted 5.69 Yards Created per attempt while facing eight or more defenders on 64% of his carries. For a barometer, D’Onta Foreman created more yards on a per attempt basis (5.82) than McCaffrey but he primarily faced light boxes. Foreman faced eight or more opponents in the box on just 17% of carries, but ended up posting slightly more Yards Created against eight or more defenders, which may go against conventional wisdom. Keep in mind: offensive personnel dictates how defenses align. When Stanford ran their unbalanced lines with three tackles, opposing defensive coaches had to match it. At the very least, there are not any warning signs in McCaffrey’s Yards Created sample that suggests he just took advantage of weak fronts. A very productive runner in any situation. Ball Security: 10/10 A rare thing to see in McCaffrey's tape is fumbling. McCaffrey's fumble rate of 1 every 243.7 touches makes him one of the best at ball security in the draft. He showcases proper technique in securing the ball and making sure losing it is not a likely occurrence. In comparison, McCaffrey's fumble rate dwarfs Cooks' troublesome rate of 1 per 63.8. That's certainly a sweet stat. Dig Deeper: Comparing All Runningbacks Of The 2017 Draft Class Statistical Analysis Of McCaffrey Full Draft Profile On McCaffrey A Look At McCaffrey As A Fit On The Panthers In GIF Form
  2. 22 Touchdowns confirmed.
  3. He's going to GB. They won't pass on him.
  4. You realize he makes Tre Boston look like an all pro in coverage, right?
  5. No no no no no no no ... no no no no no no no. Okay if round 5 or lower. Heck to the no at anywhere in the second.
  6. Obi

    Forrest Lamp is available. I would have him BPA on my board right now.
  7. Obi

    Freak athlete with decent ball skills. A guy who will be able to be something with time. A guest on Matt Waldman's show once did a nice 30min breakdown of some of Obis plays, including some that aren't available online that really show a whole new side to a good player.
  8. To be fair (I'm about to get a lot of hear from guys I've argued with) I haven't watched much film of Jones, but he could be something I guess. I should watch.
  9. I heard the opposite. I heard he cut weight.
  10. The 4th best RB? He is the 2nd best back and it's not even close. Have you seen his tape at all? Like seriously, have you? I will give an argument he's better than Mixon and Cook anyday.
  11. @GeorgiaBoyz This sums up OJ Howard nicely thanks to @Promethean Forerunner a while back: What's funny is most of these concerns with Howard are documented by scouts themselves but ignore because of his athleticism and two monstrous games against Clemson. 1.) Howard lacks lower body power (his below average vertical and broad jumps are an indication of his limitations in blocking NFL level DL too). 2.) Howard's route running and route tree are not what they're barked up to be. Alabama didn't use him much in their scheme. Why? That's another story. As Waldman and Young have alluded to, Howard was in a system that got him open looks and when he is utilized Alabama only used him for seams, curls and shallow routes. 3.) Howard lost starting/playing snaps from his sophomore season to his senior season. Now, if you're a weapon and a great blocker, you shouldn't be losing snaps. Saban is not the type NOT to exploit your talents. So that's a legitimate red flag. 4.) Howard's demeanor was talked about during the scouting process. They specifically stated that his tentative/passive attitude is a little concerning when talking about him longterm since he may not love football. He got ripped on by the Senior Bowl coaching staff for it. This isn't speculation, he allows himself to be taken out by smaller defenders who are aggressive frequently. 5.) Howard provides almost zero YAC production. The guy can run really fast for a 6'6", 250 lb TE but once any defender touches him, he goes down easily and without much a fight. If you can't stiff arm or fend off a 5'8", 181 lb DB, then I'd be severely worried at the next level.
  12. I already contributed plenty of analysis on why OJ Howard is overrated and raw as a receiver plenty on the Huddle. If you really assume I just made that up just now, ask any Huddler. Been saying OJ Howard is overrated for a while.
  13. Our WR coach is gonna have Shula at knifepoint, grab his crayons, and work some magic and make Shula like it.