Christian McCaffrey: "I play with a chip on my shoulder"

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Now there will be questions about his transition to the pro game.

Then, when he was done putting the rest of the running back class to shame in agility drills, McCaffrey did wide receiver drills.

"I just tell them how it is when they ask", McCaffrey said. "They gave me a little ovation, and I got a lot of love from my teammates". That's just the way it is. I also don't care too much, I don't feel like I'm insane disrespected.

"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. Until that happens, plan on that chip staying on his shoulder. "That's been my whole life". "It's something I pride myself on, being extremely versatile".

A multi-purpose threat, McCaffrey wants to be an every-down back as well as a return specialist.

The son of former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey is one of this draft's most interesting players because of his big-play ability and his ability to play multiple positions. Thomas' draft stock has dramatically improved over the last few months after a strong second half of the season against stout offensive lines and a dominant performance in the Cardinal's win at the Sun Bowl, where he was named Defensive MVP. But for good reason, all I've ever heard about him is how great he.

Considered the third best back available behind LSU's Leonard Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook, McCaffrey remains hard to typecast. San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, a Stanford graduate, said he understood the decision and didn't question it, but said "some people will" in the pre-draft process. "But they did all right without him, too".

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"You know what? I understand it now", he said. This is such a team sport.

Or as McCaffrey put it: "I believe I would be an every-down back and a specialist".

Added Del Rio: "Christian McCaffrey is first of all, an fantastic young man. ... I think it will affect football going forward for many years to come".

Joseph said that he's excited to watch McCaffrey at the combine and interview him.

"I think it's important just to show everything I can do", McCaffrey said.

McCaffery said he's been dreaming about playing in the NFL since he was playing pee wee football.

What he tells them, he said, is "it was a career decision ... to try to protect my dream of playing and succeeding in the National Football League".