KC Chiefs: Drafting Christian McCaffrey Makes Sense


The KC Chiefs have a few needs to fill in the 2017 NFL Draft, but arguably one of the biggest is at running back. Could the Kansas City Chiefs address running back in the first round of the draft?

This time last year, it would have been ludicrous to suggest that the Kansas City Chiefs should draft a running back in the first round. Even though Jamaal Charles had gone down with an ACL injury, Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West seemed promising as the future running backs in Kansas City.

Fast forward to present day and running back is a huge need for the KC Chiefs. Their run game struggled all season long and a young running back might be the perfect solution for a team with little holes on the roster.

Brad Weiss of FanSided recently did a mock draft and had the Kansas City Chiefs selecting Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey in round one with the 30th overall pick.

"The Kansas City Chiefs are once again one of the best teams in the AFC, and claimed the No. 2 seed in the AFC Playoffs after a stellar regular season. Despite getting nothing from star running back Jamaal Charles, who never quite came back from the torn ACL suffered in 2015, the Chiefs still managed to be one of the better teams in the conference.~~~McCaffrey can do so many things on the football field to change the course of the game, and playing in Kansas City would enable him to go straight to a winner out of college."

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Drafting a running back in the first round has become more of a rarity in recent years, but it makes sense for a team with as much of a need at the position as the Chiefs do. They could also use the pick to draft a quarterback obviously, but shouldn’t unless there’s someone they really like worth taking with the 30th pick.

This is a strong class of running backs and the Chiefs could go with one of the best options in McCaffrey, who was an all-around stud at Stanford.

In three seasons with the Cardinal, McCaffrey rushed for 3,915 yards and 21 touchdowns and also had 1,213 yards receiving paired with ten touchdowns. He was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy during the 2015 season, but lost to Derrick Henry out of Alabama.

That season should have resulted in McCaffrey winning the Heisman Trophy, as he rushed for over 2,000 yards off of 337 attempts. He was Stanford’s entire offense and was their go-to guy in key situations. The dude is a monster on the football field.

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Personally, I’d love to see the Kansas City Chiefs draft Christian McCaffrey in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s just the type of running back that this team could use, but the question lingering out there is: Is it worth risking a first rounder on a position that fizzles out quicker than most?

Only time will tell, I guess.

What do you think, Chiefs Kingdom? Do you think Christian McCaffrey would be a good fit for the Chiefs and would you want them to select him?