The club hosted the former Stanford star on a pre-draft visit last week, according to the Charlotte Observer. The Panthers hold the No. 8 overall pick in the draft, and they’re the first team selecting with running back as a primary need.
McCaffrey also has upcoming visits scheduled with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, who select at Nos. 17 and 20 in the first round, respectively, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
McCaffrey’s name is heating up in draft circles.
NFL executives have told Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager that they expect him to be selected in the top 10 picks wholesale nike nfl jerseys, and NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has paired him with the Panthers at the No. 8 pick in his most recent mock draft.
Not surprisingly, the Panthers have also arranged to host LSU RB Leonard Fournette for a pre-draft visit, and Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara jersey is on Carolina’s visit list, as well.
The NFL draft will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia.
Carolina selected Ohio State slash player Curtis Samuel with the 40th overall pick less than 24 hours after taking Stanford’s pass catching running back Christian McCaffrey in the first round. Apparently, a strong push to surround Cam Newton with versatile playmakers was not just a one-pick commitment.
Samuel, who blazed a 4.31 at the scouting combine in March, may be filling the role left behind by former Panthers burner Ted Ginn, though he certainly has plenty of experience working out of the backfield.
During his final year with the Buckeyes, Samuel carried the ball 97 times for 771 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 74 balls for 865 yards and seven touchdowns. Samuel told reporters in Carolina in a conference call shortly after the pick that he would primarily be a slot receiver at the next level.
Carolina offensive coordinator Mike Shula told The MMQB’s Peter King getting the flexibility in the backfield will make Newton’s life easier.
“In the Super Bowl, how many passes do you think Tom Brady threw to his backs? Mostly completed, right?” Shula said.
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Newton completed just 44 passes to running backs last season, just under 53 percent of his attempts. The Panthers targeted running backs on just 13 percent of passes last season, 31st in the NFL, per Warren Sharp. The league average was 19 percent, with the Patriots and Saints tying for second-most at 24 percent of attempts to RBs.
“So maybe sometimes it turns into just a four-yard gain. But I’ll take a four-yard gain,” Shula told King. “…They’re glorified runs sometimes, but they work in youth soccer jerseys wholesale and it doesn’t matter what you call them.”
The Panthers want to keep Newton from taking a pounding, which means running the ball less with the quarterback. Presumably incorporating more dump-offs to McCaffrey, with quick strikes and jet sweeps to Samuel will take the pressure off Newton.
No offensive coordinator got more chess pieces in the draft than Shula. As the Panthers attempt to turn Newton into a Tom Brady/Ben Roethlisberger passer, it’s now on Shula to make all the pieces on the board work.