On their Tuesday morning edition, “Good Morning Football” on the NFL Network began debating best fits for certain prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft. When the discussion turned to Stanford running back Christian McCaffery, where he might end up and the Buccaneers, we obviously perked up.
The Buccaneers are selecting 19th in the opening round, currently, and the conventional wisdom is that the former Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2015, McCaffery, will be a mid-first round selection.
Here’s the back and forth from their panel on their “Match. No Match” for McCaffery:
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As our Roy Cummings has repeatedly emphasized, the Bucs have re-signed Jacquizz Rodgers and have every intention of letting Doug Martin work his way back into the line-up, after his three game suspension is over. Obviously, though, the Buccaneers will be interested in running backs during the draft.
The debate is: how soon?
It’s also interesting that Kyle Brandt and Peter Schrager of “GMFB” brought up the scenario of both Christian McCaffery and FSU’s Dalvin Cook being available at #19 and which player the Bucs would take? (It’s not likely that they will both be there at 19, by the way.)
McCaffery is also a proven kickoff returner, averaging an impressive 29 yards per return in 2015, as well as showing versatility running and catching the ball out of the backfield at Stanford. He caught 99 passes for over 1,000 yards and 10 TDs in his Cardinal career.
However, make no mistake, in that scenario of McCaffery vs. Cook, Jameis Winston would be a compelling voice having played with Cook at FSU.
Let the debates continue!