The San Francisco 49ers are expected to meet with Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey during the NFL Combine, and it is safe to say he has a full dance card. McCaffrey put together nearly 2,000 yards in total offense this past season, and he used the Combine to show off his raw athleticism.
Over the course of his workout, McCaffrey ran a 4.48 40-yard, but then put together an impressive 37.5-inch vertical, and a 6.57 three-cone drill that was the fastest running back performance since 2003.
Where it gets interesting is in the position drills. McCaffrey worked out with running backs on Friday, and according to Charley Casserly, got work in some wide receiver drills as well. He said on Thursday that he won’t be running wide receiver routes at the Combine, but will do it at his pro day. McCaffrey has been projected early in the second round, and Casserly said he looked like a first round pick in his Combine workouts. Here is a look at a few of his positional drills.
Christian McCaffrey going through position drills pic.twitter.com/MaQjYgKUVn— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 3, 2017
McCaffrey said that he thought he was being disrespected among the running backs. He is not viewed the same as guys like Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook, but in reality, he could be a perfect fit for what a team like the 49ers need.
Given what we saw Kyle Shanahan do with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, it would make sense to add a talent like McCaffrey. He’s a guy who Mike Mayock described as able to get 20 carries, but split between 12 or 13 in the run game and seven or eight in the pass game. The 49ers have put together a patch-work group behind Carlos Hyde, but someone like McCaffrey could add an incredibly dynamic option to the team’s offense.