By Peter Gleason
Brian Westbrook made his weekly appearance on 97.5 the Fanatic yesterday, and he was very clear about whether the Eagles should draft Christian McCaffrey, the hybrid back from Stanford often compared to B-Wes:
“I like the fact that he is a versatile back,” Westbrook explained. “If you’re picking him at the No. 14 pick and he’s your starting running back, he’s not going to be returning kicks so that’s part of his versatility that won’t be used.
“Running routes and things like that is something that you could use. If you continue to bring McCaffrey in just like a slot receiver, teams will bring in a cornerback to guard him. I don’t know if that’s a winning situation for them. You need a guy that is dedicated to running the football 20 times per game. I’ve watched an awful lot of him, but I haven’t got that overwhelming feel that he is my guy at No. 14.”
Westbrook laughed when he heard ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter call McCaffrey the ‘2017 Brian Westbrook’ and asked if Schefter had ties to McCaffrey’s father, Ed who played wide receiver for the Denver Broncos.
“I am glad that people remember what I was able to do,” Westbrook explained. “He’s taller for sure, I think he’s probably a little bit quicker. I just don’t know that he would be in a situation where he would be able to help this team enough to garner using the No. 14 pick overall.”