New York Giants: Running Backs To Consider In 2017 NFL Draft

Oct 27, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner (24) fires up his teammates before taking the field to play the Virginia Tech Hokies at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 27, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner (24) fires up his teammates before taking the field to play the Virginia Tech Hokies at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 30, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey (5) rushes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the second half at Husky Stadium. Washington won 44-6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey (5) rushes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the second half at Husky Stadium. Washington won 44-6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford Cardinal

Age: 20 (6/7/1996)
Class: Junior
Height & Weight: 6’0″ & 200 pounds
2016 Season Statistics: 253 ATT, 1,603 YDS, 13 TD; 37 REC, 310 YDS, 3 TD

In the modern NFL, workhorse backs are losing their luster and versatility is becoming the most attractive strength. A running back who has the ability to catch passes out of the backfield is as valuable as one who can run between the tackles.

Though his 2016 season didn’t end with the Heisman Trophy award, McCaffrey solidified his status as the most versatile running back in the country.

McCaffrey ran for upwards of 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns on 6.3 yards per carry—outstanding numbers. More importantly, he recorded 37 receptions for 310 yards and three touchdowns.

Over the past two seasons, McCaffrey has recorded 82 receptions, 955 receiving yards, and eight receiving touchdowns.

McCaffrey’s ability to run between the tackles is valuable, but it’s his proficiency in bouncing outside and catching passes that make him a target for the New York Giants. He’d join Odell Beckham Jr. as dynamic playmakers who can impact the game in any number of ways.

Coupled with McCaffrey’s explosiveness on special teams, it’d be hard to blame Jerry Reese for being intrigued.