Carolina Panthers select Christian McCaffrey with 8th pick in NFL Draft

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Christian McCaffrey (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — The Carolina Panthers have selected Christian McCaffrey with the eighth overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller projected the Panthers would select McCaffrey and said of him:

“If the goal is to help Cam Newton after a disastrous 2016 season, McCaffrey is the ideal player to do that given his versatility out of the backfield. The 20-year-old is a triple threat as a runner, receiver and return man and would provide an instant spark in the Panthers offense.”

The Panthers had a disappointing 6-10 record last season after making it to the Super Bowl in the 2015 season.

McCaffrey led the nation in all-purpose yards during the 2016 season with 211.6 per game for Stanford.