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6-10, 4th in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said "it doesn't happen very often'' that you find a back that can wow you running inside the tackles and catch like Christian McCaffrey can. "Man, he's got suction cups on the end of those wrists. . . . There aren't many cats that can do what he does.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

How badly did the Panthers want Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey? General manager Dave Gettleman said there was a lot of action about trading back from the No. 8 pick and "we said no."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

A lot of talk about position flexibility from Panthers coach Ron Rivera regarding Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. A big reason he was selected.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Christian McCaffrey will start off as a punt returner in addition to duties as a running back and receiver.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on now Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey can help take the pressure off Cam Newton.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman sald Christian McCaffrey was a player the organization targeted and they were grateful to get him at No. 8.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey's dad, former Denver wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, was wearing a Denver jersey in a video shown after Christian was drafted No. 8 by Carolina. Asked what he did with that jersey after being picked by the Panthers, who lost to Denver in Super Bowl 50, Christian said, "We threw it out and put on a Panthers' jersey.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

What was Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey's immediate reaction to joining quarterback Cam Newton in the Panthers' backfield? "I smiled. I just knew he would make all of our jobs easier. I hope we can do some special things.''

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The science behind McCaffrey's game

The Sports Science crew examines the attributes that made former Stanford running back (and now Panthers-bound) Christian McCaffrey into the No. 8 overall pick.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford running Christian McCaffrey got a chance to meet Panthers team owner Jerry Richardson and his wife when he was in Charlotte for a visit. "What amazing people they are,'' he said.

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Panthers bolster backfield with Christian McCaffrey (0:49)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The immediate reaction of Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey on being selected by the Panthers with the No. 8 pick: "This is a dream come true right here. This is an unbelievable honor. I can't tell you how thankful I am for the coaching staff believing in me.''

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Panthers get Cam needed help with McCaffrey

The Panthers selected versatile running back Christian McCaffrey from Stanford with the No. 8 pick in the NFL draft, giving former league MVP Cam Newton some needed help on offense.

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McCaffrey goes No. 8 to the Panthers (0:28)

Todd McShay ESPN Senior Writer 

Stanford coach David Shaw told me RB Christian McCaffrey is the most competitive practice player he's ever coached.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey's versatility will show up in the Panthers offense. He's a clean route runner with the 4.48 speed to create matchups. Align in the slot or release from the backfield. Plus, look for the Panthers to use McCaffrey on edge runs in three-wide receiver packages. This is an upgrade for QB Cam Newton.

Todd McShay ESPN Senior Writer 

Christian McCaffrey is good for 10-or-so carries per game in Carolina, and he's also the rare RB who's an elite slot receiver. He can also help in the return game if the Panthers want. He's a FOUR-down player.

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

Had an interesting convo with a GM this week who thought Christian McCaffrey would not be a great fit for the Panthers. This GM thought McCaffrey's talents would be better leveraged in an offense predicated on timing, the better to maximize his route running from the slot. That GM obviously was not Dave Gettleman! It'll be interesting to see how Carolina makes use of this versatile weapon.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Nobody racks up yards like Christian McCaffrey, who topped 250 all-purpose yards 10 times in the last two seasons and is the NCAA single-season APY record holder (3,864 in 2015)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers selected Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey with the eighth pick of the 2017 NFL draft. They had more defensive options than expected with quarterback Mitch Trubisky going No. 2, wide receiver Corey Davis No. 5 and wide receiver Mike Williams No. 7. But they passed on Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen and Ohio State safety Malik Hooker to go with a player that can take the pressure off quarterback Cam Newton to run. McCaffrey will make an immediate impact as a complement back to Jonathan Stewart as a receiver out of the backfield and a slot receiver. He'll also fill a big need as a kick returner.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chargers have selected Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams with the seventh pick of the NFL draft. The Panthers are on the clock now. If they believe Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey can take the pressure off Cam Newton in the running game he's there. But because quarterback Mitchell Trubisky went No. 2 to the Bears and wide receiver Corey Davis No. 5 to Tennessee there are intriguing defensive options in Alabama end Jonathan Allen and Ohio State safety Malik Hooker. Don't forget about Bama tight end O.J. Howard, either.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU running back Leonard Fournette was a popular choice for the Panthers early in the draft process. He's now a member of the Jaguars with the No. 4 pick. If Carolina goes with a back at No. 8 look for it to be Stanford's Christian McCaffrey.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The more teams move up to take a quarterback as the Bears did the more options the Panthers will have at No. 8. Running back Christian McCaffrey has been a popular choice but one of the top safeties or even a defensive end could be there now. Will be interesting.

Team Stats

Passing Yards230.3Tied-21st
Rushing Yards113.410th
Points For23.115th
Points Against25.126th

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