ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- For some the prospect of trying to play for the NFL team in your hometown could be a daunting one, one laced with added pressure.
Especially if your dad happened to win two Super Bowls with that NFL team. And your brother was just the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. And one of your younger brothers is among most highly recruited prep players in the West and the other is already on most everyone’s football radar as well.
But Max McCaffrey doesn’t see it that way. McCaffrey, whose father Ed spent nine of his 13 NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos, was one of nine former area prep players who had a pre-draft workout Tuesday at the team’s suburban complex.
“I’d be blessed to come here,’’ Max McCaffrey said after the 90-minute session. “[To] any team, but this one especially, I have friends, family here, I’ve been watching these guys my whole life.’’
Max McCaffrey finished his collegiate playing career as a Duke wide receiver -- he is finished up his last two classes at the Durham, North Carolina, campus to complete his psychology degree with certificates in markets and management as well. His younger brother, Christian McCaffrey, finished his sophomore season at Stanford. Dylan McCaffrey is a junior and Luke McCaffrey is a freshman at Valor Christian High School .
“Growing up watching my dad play, watching the Broncos play, it’s always been a dream,’’ McCaffrey said. “ ... [There was] definitely jitters, grew up a fan your whole life and now you get to play in this facility.’’
Among the coaches and personnel executives watching Tuesday’s workout were Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, who was the team’s offensive coordinator during Ed McCaffrey’s time with the Broncos, and general manager John Elway.
Max McCaffrey said he spoke briefly to Elway after the workout.
“Grew up his biggest fan, it was incredible, amazing experience and very blessed to be here,’’ McCaffrey said. “ … He just thanked me for coming out and I thanked him for letting me come out, it’s quite an opportunity.’’
Max McCaffrey led Duke with 52 catches, 643 yards and five touchdowns this past season. At 6-foot-2, 196 pounds, he had the size teams want in a wide receiver, but turned heads with a pro day workout last month which included a 4.46 40-yard dash, a 36-1/2-inch vertical leap and a 10-2 broad jump -- all results that would have put him among the best at the league’s scouting combine at the position.
The Broncos have added two former Duke players as undrafted rookies in recent seasons with running back Juwan Thompson and defensive end Kenny Anunike. Max McCaffrey said Thompson was at Duke’s pro day last month and McCaffrey saw Anunike before Tuesday’s workout.
“You’re just trying to show as much as you can,’’ McCaffrey said. “Hopefully they saw something in me.’’
Colorado State-Pueblo running back Cameron McDondle, Taylor University right end Michael Miller, a prep teammate of Max McCaffrey’s, and Hawaii guard Ben Clarke were among those who also worked out for the Broncos. Miller is a 6-6, 235-pounder who scored touchdowns passing, receiving and rushing in his career.