NFL Draft Rumors: Panthers, McCaffrey, Redskins

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman believes that there are “half a dozen” three down backs to be had in this year’s draft and estimated that RB is one of the strongest groups, along with defensive end and secondary positions (link via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer). When talking to reporters today, the GM was asked he considers Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey to be one of those six players.

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,” the GM said.

There has been lots of talk about Carolina targeting a running back at No. 8 overall. Leonard Fournette has been the popular prognostication for the Panthers there, but McCaffrey might also be in the mix. Then again, if Gettleman sees four other tailbacks as well-rounded players, then he might be willing to hold off on addressing the position. Beyond Fournette and McCaffrey, there are also standouts like FSU’s Dalvin Cook, Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara, and Texas’ D’Onta Foreman to consider.

Here’s the latest draft buzz:

  • The Redskins are smitten with Temple linebacker Haason Reddick, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report (Twitter links) hears. Washington currently picks at No. 17 overall, so Miller believes that acquiring him would require the team to trade up.
  • USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson didn’t take a visit with the Patriots, but there’s been contact between the team and the player, Doug Kyed of NESN tweets. The Patriots may have to get back into the first round in order to get in the mix for him, however. As of this writing, the Pats’ first selection doesn’t come until the third round (No. 72 overall). Jackson rates as the 37th best player on Daniel Jeremiah’s big board and some draft analysts have him up even higher.
  • Two weeks ago, Falcons coach Dan Quinn put Mizzou’s Charles Harris and Kansas State’s Jordan Willis through a workout side-by-side (Twitter link via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com).
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2 comments on “NFL Draft Rumors: Panthers, McCaffrey, Redskins

  1. Z-A

    If you look at the players vs Top-25 teams… based on current grade, yards per rec, yards per carry, average yards per game, average tds per game, and 40 time you get a top 8:
    Cook
    Mixon
    McCaffrey
    Foreman
    Fournette
    Perine
    Mack
    Kamara

    What’s really the difference between Foreman and Fournette? Both will also have some injury question marks, as Foreman is dealing w/a stress fracture I believe and Fournette is dealing with osteoporosis/Greg Oden/Robin Williams in JACK – where for every 1 year, he ages 4.

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  2. Z-A

    If you’re in the 20s in this draft you’re hoping for as much bad pub as possible to get Cook to fall to you (Bucs). You’re hoping McCaffrey and Fournette go before him.

    Doug Martin will be a nice pick up for a team if the Bucs co Cook.

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