Christian McCaffrey is widely considered one of the top running backs of the 2017 NFL Draft class.
Most draft experts thinks the former Stanford football star will get selected right behind LSU's Leonard Fournette and Florida State speedster Dalvin Cook, but there's really no way to accurately predict how everything will pan out next weekend.
— Christian McCaffrey (@CMcCaffrey5) April 19, 2017
On Wednesday, McCaffrey released a video of him completing a footwork drill as part of his NFL training. I'm not sure how this stacks up to the average pro athlete, but I literally thought I was watching the video in fast forward the first few times. After viewing it over and over again, I realized it was shot in real time.
Obviously this is impressive, but what does it really mean in respect to the skillset McCaffrey brings to the next level?
Check out a snippet of his scouting report on NFL.com.
"Smooth, controlled stride length with choppy feet for instant change of direction. Plus vision with above average anticipatory feel for opening creases. Hugs contours of the running lane and staggers and stutters his feet to maneuver in tight quarters."
Christian McCaffrey's ability to cut smoothly and read the correct hole is extremely underrated. Very Brian Westbrook-like. pic.twitter.com/wTRpvp4og8
— Bootleg Fantasy FB (@BootlegFantasy) March 17, 2017
There are athletes release meaningless workout videos in an attempt to showcase their strengths, but McAffrey's represents the best part of his game. Let's take a look at that footwork drill getting applied in a game scenario.
CBS Sports ranks McCaffrey as the No. 3 RB in this year's class likely to get selected late in the first round, but ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper thinks he would be a great fit for the Carolina Panthers at No. 8 overall. Almost every NFL squad is looking for a guy who with speed and shiftiness, but can also thrive in the passing game. This is the major reason Fournette has been criticized — considering the LSU big man thrives off an old-school bruising style of running.
The former Stanford great certainly looks like he could become an instant star in the NFL. Now we wait and see.