Sports Illustrated’s Peter King writes:

In the past three days I’ve asked some of the smartest draftniks and former NFL scouts this question:

If you had to project where Christian McCaffrey will go in the draft, what overall pick would you guess? I asked because McCaffrey is one of the most discussed players in this draft.

Most people see him as a hybrid weapon—a runner/returner/slot receiver—who shouldn’t be overused. Smart, seeing that McCaffrey’s likely to play at about 203 pounds.

“He’s got the ability to make people miss, but also to make tough yards in the pile,” said Payton, who likes him. “I’ve got a crystal-clear vision of the player. He’d be like Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush for us, kind of the Joker role [versatile back]. But I think you have to have a pitch count on him.”

My panel of experts see him going in the teens, and three of them said particularly they think he’d be the best fit in Philadelphia, as the successor to Sproles and the Swiss army knife in coach Doug Pederson’s game plan. The Eagles are scheduled to pick 14th in the first round.

The projection of my panel:

Draft Analyst Pick Projection
Dan Hatman, The Scout Academy 8
Bucky Brooks, NFL Network 14
Todd McShay, ESPN 14
Mel Kiper, ESPN 14
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report 14
Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com 14
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network 15
Mike Mayock, NFL Network 16
Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus 19

Interesting: Not a soul thought he wouldn’t be picked in the top 20.


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