Christian McCaffrey says it would be 'awesome' if Broncos selected him

I think you understand their perspective but don't necessarily think it's a positive thing for college football. I have a chip on my shoulder at all times. "When I thought about it, kind of the old school in me wanted to come out and say, 'Why would those guys not play?"

Shoot, the pro-McCaffrey crowd will even throw out his bloodlines (he's the grandson of a former U.S. Olympic sprinter and the son of former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey and former Stanford soccer player Lisa Sime) as evidence to support their claim.

McCaffrey said teams have asked him during the combine interview process about skipping his bowl game.

"There's just a lot of big plays open in the return game".

"Knowing what I know of Christian and knowing how competitive he is, he's got a great deal of respect for his dad, but he also looks at himself and he's going to blaze his own trail, " Elway said.

Those on the pro side of the debate point to McCaffrey's ability to play nearly anywhere on the offensive side of the ball and say there's no way he won't be a big-time playmaker in the NFL. "I'm constantly trying to prove myself".

McCaffrey said he told Stanford coach David Shaw of his decision to skip the game in December and received a standing ovation from his teammates when he informed them.

McCaffrey has already met with many teams at the NFL scouting combine, including his hometown Broncos, and said several of the league talent evaluators had asked him about his decision not to play against North Carolina. "A lot of times it gets taken for granted", he said.

"It's something that these kids will have to weigh moving forward but I think it will effect football moving forward in years to come".

"It was a career decision, it was a man decision to try to protect my dream of playing and succeeding in the National Football League".

If McCaffrey lands in Denver, he would likely win the team's kick return job while also contributing as a running back and slot receiver on offense.

"As a Stanford man I wasn't a huge fan of that, we could have used him, " said San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch. Whether it gave me an advantage or not, I stuck with it.

  • Julie Sanders