Despite bigger needs, it’s clear that if the Saints were to get a hold of Christian McCaffrey it would be absolutely worth it.
Argument For Drafting Christian McCaffrey:
Although the Saints really need defense, if the Saints were to draft McCaffrey it would make a lot of sense considering Sean Payton’s past. And his obvious love for offensive weapons. With the recent news that New Orleans will be losing prominent running back Tim Hightower to the San Francisco 49ers, this selection wouldn’t surprise me at all. Knowing defense will end up being addressed, and what the Saints have already done in terms of their offseason, allows New Orleans to be flexible in this scenario.
The need for a scat back is prominent for the Saints right now. Anyone that knows the team knows how well a running back with those talents could thrive in an offense like this.
What Christian McCaffrey Would Bring To The Saints:
Christian McCaffrey is a very talented, lethal weapon that could be dangerous in Sean Payton’s system. Trust me Saints fans when I say this addition allows this offense to be so much more versatile. Despite the arguable reach for McCaffrey, the Saints would absolutely maximize his value. They’d make sure he was worth the selection. Anyone remember the good ole days with Darren Sproles? Well, this is the type of impact Christian McCaffrey can make in this system.
During his time at Stanford, McCaffrey was utilized quite well and stacked up some impressive numbers, not just playing the running back position. In his three years as a running back for Stanford, McCaffrey accumulated 3,922 yards, 21 touchdowns on 622 attempts. Christian was a dual impact player at Stanford also catching several passes. He caught 99 passes for 1,206 yards and 10 touchdowns in his three years. In case you didn’t know Christian McCaffrey was also heavily used on special teams as a return specialist. During his time in Stanford, McCaffrey returned 56 kicks for 1,479 yards, (26.4 average) and 1 touchdown. He also returned 34 punts for 380 yards and 1 touchdown. Teams adore players that can be utilized in several ways. Athletes similar to McCaffrey provide a key element in a team’s success.
Argument Against Drafting Christian McCaffrey:
Now the argument can be made, if McCaffrey was drafted, what was the purpose of trading Brandin Cooks at all? Brandin Cooks was traded to the New England Patriots to receive draft picks and further upgrade the defense. The Saints would honestly only be hindering themselves if they spent one of their first round picks on offense. Another reason it could be argued not to draft Christian McCaffrey is his value. To succeed in the NFL you need to be smart. Reaching for certain players, higher than their actual value isn’t very logical. Considering most analysts are mocking McCaffrey between picks 20-30, selecting McCaffrey at #11 would be a bit high.
What do you think Saints fans. Should New Orleans take the risk and draft Christian McCaffrey?