Historical Comps for Christian McCaffrey’s Rookie Season

With the 2017 NFL regular season now in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look back on the performances of some of the players finishing their first season in the pros. The white-hot light of scrutiny falls upon Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey on this occasion. I set the RotoViz Screener:
to find rookies from 2007 – 2017 and selected some basic production and usage numbers as variables. I also included draft pick. The influence of draft pick on a player’s opportunity declines over time, but it’s still relevant heading into a player’s second season. Then I asked the Screener to find seasons comparable to my target player.
So with these parameters in place, let’s take a look at the most comparable players to McCaffrey that the screener threw up.

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By Neil Dutton | @ndutton13 | Archive