Top five takeaways from Friday at the 2017 NFL Combine

NFL Draft rumors, Leonard Fournette is one of the most overhyped players in the 2017 NFL Draft.

2. Christian McCaffrey (rightfully) has massive chip on his shoulder

Christian McCaffrey

If Fournette is the top running back in the 2017 NFL Draft (he is), then the No. 2 spot should probably go to Christian McCaffrey. Yet constantly, other backs are mentioned before the Stanford product as players who could be selected high in the upcoming draft.

This is something that drives McCaffrey and likely will continue driving him at the next level. He told reporters he feels disrespected and explained his reasons why, even if he wants us to believe he doesn’t “really care too much.”

“Because I play with a chip on my shoulder always,” McCaffrey said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “So I feel like a lot of people don’t give me credit for my skills and talents and that’s just the way it is, but I also don’t really care too much.”

McCaffrey has another reason to perhaps feel slighted as well. He was given a jersey that featured a typo in his name (look here).

A totally different type of player than the bruising back out of LSU, McCaffrey could potentially be even better suited to the current NFL climate in the long run than Fournette. You won’t find a more skilled receiver in this draft class, and McCaffrey is tremendous in between the tackles, using his agility and vision to find creases where none appear to exist.

McCaffrey showed off his explosion Friday with a 37.5-inch vertical (No. 2 among running backs) and his speed with a top-five time of 4.48 seconds in the 40. Then showed why he’s such a natural catching the ball on the field while showing exceptional burst in and out of his breaks.


Just watch Bill Belichick bring McCaffrey aboard this upcoming season. He’d be a matchup nightmare for the New England Patriots, or any other team that has the smarts to select him this April.