Who is the best player in college football? Some will argue it has to be Deshaun Watson, the quarterback of the Clemson Tigers who came just short of a national title last season. Others go with one of the nation's dynamic running backs, like Florida State's Dalvin Cook or LSU's Leonard Fournette.
For Pro Football Focus, an online leader in football analytics, the answer is Stanford's Christian McCaffrey. The site ranked the top 101 players in college football for the 2016 season, and the list is sure to generate some serious discussion.
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Here is what PFF wrote about its No. 1 selection.
Our early pick for the Heisman Trophy, McCaffrey does it all for Stanford’s offense. His patience and quickness is perfect for their power-blocking scheme as he allows his blocking to set up before zooming to the second level where he’s a nightmare for opposing defenders in space. McCaffrey’s +33.3 rush grade ranked second in the nation among running backs and he dwarfed the competition with a +15.5 receiving grade where he brings slot receiver ability to the backfield. McCaffrey finished with 645 yards on 45 receptions to pair with his 2019 yards on 337 carries, as he proved to be the most dangerous offensive player in the nation in 2015. With three starters moving on along Stanford’s offensive line, there may not be as much room to run this season, but McCaffrey’s versatility should give him plenty of opportunities even if his raw rushing numbers take a step back.
The rest of the top 10:
2. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
3. Leonard Forunette, RB, LSU
4. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
5. Derwin James, S, Florida State
6. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
7. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
8. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
9. Desmond King, CB, Iowa
10. Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
11 programs had at least three players among the top 101.
4: Clemson, Florida, LSU
3: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Washington
For the full list, visit Pro Football Focus.
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