INDIANAPOLIS -- So you're saying there's a chance.
The Broncos plan to interview Christian McCaffrey at the NFL combine on Wednesday as they sift through players to draft. Few are more known to local fans than McCaffrey, who starred at Valor Christian and is the son of former Broncos star receiver Ed McCaffrey.
At the 20th spot in the first round, McCaffrey projects as a slight reach. However, when considering his varied skillset it could be argued he makes sense. McCaffrey, pictured above running at a recent training event, can return punts, kicks, and work at running back and slot receiver, the latter of which has provided minimal impact the past two seasons.
"He's a really good football player. If you watch the tape, he's a pro's pro," Joseph said Wednesday outside of the interview room. "I am excited to watch him this weekend and interview him."
McCaffrey measured at 5-foot-11 and weighed 202 pounds. He brings explosiveness and quick feet that allow him to create space where none exists. McCaffrey is considered by many as the third best running back in this draft behind LSU's Leonard Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook. Fournette weighed in at 240 pounds on Wednesday, 5 pounds heavier than anytime in college.
McCaffrey's versatility makes him a potential fit for multiple teams. Several mocks have him going to the Broncos, Packers and Patriots.
"From my perspective McCaffrey's a matchup guy," NFL Network Mike Mayock analyst said on a conference call. "He averaged -- just like Cook and Fournette and (Alvin) Kamara -- between 6 and 6.5 yards per carry. He's an outstanding pass-catcher. He's bigger and tougher than people think. And he's also a return guy."
The Broncos continue to look for ways to improve their running game, which ranked 27th in the NFL. Joseph praised starter C.J. Anderson but admitted "he can't do it alone." The Broncos like Devontae Booker's potential and ability to catch passes out of the backfield, which could influence their interest in McCaffrey. Denver is also trying to fill multiple needs, meaning a defensive linemen or tight end might be deemed more valuable in the first round.
Regardless, McCaffrey figures to have plenty of suitors, which will only increase with an anticipated strong combine showing.
"He's a dynamic player who can do it all," Broncos general manager John Elway said. "Wherever he goes, he's going to have an impact immediately."