NFL running back prospect Christian McCaffrey declined all private workout requests by NFL teams ahead of the this year’s draft, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports.
The former Stanford running back keeps bucking trends, though foregoing private workouts ahead of the draft has not garnered nearly as much attention as McCaffrey missing the Sun Bowl.
According to Florio, “no one has lost their minds” about McCaffrey’s choice to refrain from private workouts because “the media is more focused on gathering information about who worked out for which team, not who didn’t work out at all.”
McCaffrey worked out at both the NFL Scouting Combine and at Stanford’s pro day, where he impressed coaches and scouts during both events.
Although he hasn’t worked out for teams, McCaffrey has made pre-draft visits with the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, and is reported scheduled to meet with the Washington Redskins this week.
There’s always the chance a team will pass on McCaffrey because he passed on privately meeting with the team for drills and the like. But it seems McCaffrey didn’t see that possibility as nearly worth risking his body.
Each additional set of runs, jumps, cuts and such in sessions for NFL executives involves added risk of injury. And with McCaffrey already expected to be taken in the Top 15, perhaps he didn’t see much upside in participating in individual workouts.