Christian McCaffrey ran his way through the Pac-12, into the record books and now the NFL.
The Stanford running back was selected eighth overall by the Carolina Panthers Thursday night in the NFL Draft.
As a sophomore, McCaffrey had a historic year with 3,864 all-purporse yards and a school rushing record with 2,019 yards and 16 total touchdowns. He averaged seven yards every time he touched the ball.
As a junior, McCaffrey had 1,603 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns in 11 games. He also led the FBS with 211.6 all-purpose yards per game.
Pro Football Focus has this to say about McCaffrey:
McCaffrey has shown the last two years that he is capable of being a lead back in addition to a receiver and punt and kick returner. McCaffrey is equally at home at running back or at slot receiver so his future in the NFL will be closely tied to his usage and the specific role his coaching staff has in mind when they draft him. McCaffrey’s combination of agility, acceleration, open-field running ability and versatility will make him an asset to any team.
The PFF crew also sees a lot of Marshall Faulk in the Stanford running back.
The Stanford do-it-all back has a sports lineage, with multiple family members participating in college athletics. His grandfather was an Olympian in the 1960 summer summer. Not to mention his father, Ed, played in the NFL from 1991-2003 and Cardinal and his mother ran track in Stanford.
McCaffrey joins Solomon Thomas as a first round selection. It’s the first time since 2012 when two Stanford players were selected in the first round (Andrew Luck and David DeCastro).