First Round Mock Draft
1. Christian McCaffrey
Christian McCaffrey is Mr. 1.01, our mock draft and all drafts! He has the dominating share of the offensive touches in Carolina as he collected 403 touches and earned 2392 total yards last year. He gets fed like the monster that he is! That kind of workload lends him the number one spot in standard drafts; his shares of this offense don’t compare to anyone else in the league.
The Panthers ran 1077 offensive plays in 2019, earning CMC 37.4% share of the total offensive touches. We’ve already discussed offensive coordinator Joe Brady and his plan to get the ball to his players out in space, McCaffrey will feed that scheme. He’ll be moved all around the field to open up space for his teammates and earn easy gains.
Teddy Bridgewater has an accurate deep ball, but all signs point to a heavy west coast approach with dinks and dunks hammered to McCaffrey. Bridgewater’s limited playing time last season highlighted conservative play and getting the ball to the playmakers. CMC is a lock for me at first overall unless I land him in a draft, then I could diversify with my next choice, Saquon Barkley.
2. Saquon Barkley
Barkley is very much on the level of with Christian Mccaffery; he missed some time last season, so the numbers may not align the same for drafters in 2020. Barkley did have the lion’s share of the Giants offense in his 2018 rookie season. That season, he totaled 352 total touches while the Giants ran just 984 offensive plays, that’s a 35% share of the entire offensive touches. Barkley missed three games last season and still totaled 26.5 percent of the Giant’s offensive touches. Many believe the Giants will be conservative with Barkley, given that he did deal with a high ankle sprain last season.
He recovered quickly from injury, but the Giants will look to balance the attack on offense. They have talented receivers and a potential TE1 in Evan Engram. A healthier cast around Barkley could equate to some regression. The Giants are looking to develop Daniel Jones and allow him to push the ball down the field. Barkley is a significant factor in the passing game, but he might need one of the guys in the lineup to go down with an injury to gain that actual monster workload. Still see him hovering around 30% of total offensive touches if he stays healthy for 16 games.