Christian McCaffrey has raced up the 2017 NFL Draft board at the finish line, much like he broke away from Pac-12 defenders while at Stanford. The latest rumor has the consensus No. 2 running back in the '17 draft class going to a surprising team in the top 10.
NFL.com draft expert Daniel Jeremiah, in his final mock draft, has picked McCaffrey for the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 7 — despite the fact that team took young workhorse Melvin Gordon III in the first round of 2015. He's not the only insider feeling that way. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora thinks it wouldn't be shocking for the Chargers to take McCaffrey one spot ahead of the Panthers — who could really use him at No. 8.
There's even a chance McCaffrey might go higher than that, maybe even ahead of LSU's Leonard Fournette. According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, the Broncos are considering trading up to No. 5, the position currently held by the Titans. That's kind of a move with a specific player in mind, and there's no secret Denver loves the explosive back — the son of its former Pro Bowl wide receiver Ed McCaffrey.
All this is pretty bad news for the Eagles — and their fans coming out in full force to support their team at the NFL Draft in Philadelphia. McCaffrey has been tied often to them at No. 14, including in Sporting News' final two mock drafts.
It gets worse for Philadelphia: According to multiple reports, the Redskins (No. 17) and Colts (No. 15) are two other teams picking behind the Eagles — not including the Broncos at No. 20 — willing to make a bold trade up to get McCaffrey.
The combination of Gordon — with his breakout early-down and scoring prowess from '16, — and McCaffrey — with his game-breaking versatility as a runner, receiver and returner — would give the Chargers one of the league's most dynamic backfields. It would be a curious move for a team with more pressing defensive needs to get back to playoff contention, but not all that surprising given former Bills running back coach Anthony Lynn is now their head coach.