ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Christian McCaffrey, who grew up in Colorado, will visit with the Broncos on Thursday, NFL Network reported.
McCaffrey is the son of former Broncos receiver and current radio analyst Ed McCaffrey. The Stanford running back was also a star at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch where he was a part of four state championship teams.
McCaffrey will meet with general manager John Elway and new coach. This is not the first time McCaffrey will meet with his hometown team. Broncos staff watched and interviewed him while he was at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month.
“It was awesome,” McCaffrey said about meeting with the Broncos. “It was really cool. These are guys that my dad played with, guys that I’ve been around my whole entire life. It was a really cool meeting.”
McCaffrey is a triple threat on the field because of his running, receiving and returning skills. The Stanford product is projected to go in the first round of the draft on April 27.
In a mock draft for DenverBroncos.com, writer Andrew Mason predicted Denver taking the hometown superstar at No. 20.
"Plenty of teams could pounce on McCaffrey: the Saints (No. 11), the Eagles (no. 14) and the Titans (No. 18) could have particular interest," Mason wrote. "Offensive line also remains a position of need, with questions about left tackle. But the Broncos need game-breakers who can create mismatches; they finished dead last in the NFL last year with just 44 gains of 20 or more yards."
McCaffrey believes he's a good option for teams at running back.
“I don’t think there’s anybody else that can do all the things I can,” McCaffrey said at the combine. “As far as [how I] run between the tackles, outside, pass protect and play X, Z, slot and do a lot of stuff in the return game, as well. I think that’s what sets me apart.”AlertMe