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Steelers Host WR with NFL Bloodlines on Pre-Draft Visit



Rice WR Luke McCaffrey
Rice wide receiver Luke McCaffrey - Maria Lysaker / Rice Athletics

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to bring in talented prospects for pre-draft vists this spring, including one who already has NFL bloodlines.

Luke McCaffrey, the brother of San Francisco 49ers star running back Christian McCaffrey and the son of long-time NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey (1991-2003), visited the Steelers on the Southside on Thursday. He also has another brother in Max McCaffrey, who played for Duke and then spent four seasons (2016-19) moving around a few NFL teams practice squads.

The youngest McCaffrey had a wild collegiate career, that featured him playing at many positions for different schools over five seasons from 2019-23.

He started out at Nebraska and spent two seasons there playing as quarterback. He maintained a redshirt in 2019 after playing just four games, completing nine of 12 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns.

His redshirt freshman season did not go so well in 2020. He lost the starting spot to Adrian Martinez, but still played in seven games and started two.

McCaffrey performed poorly in those games, completing 48 of his 76 passes (63.2%) for 466 yards, but just one touchdown to six interceptions. Despite his dreadful passing, his rushing numbers stacked up well for an athletic quarterback, with 364 yards on the ground on 65 carries, 5.6 yards per rush, and three touchdowns.

He then initially transferred to Louisville, but would leave the program to go to Rice, where he spend the next three seasons.

Playing quarterback for Rice didn’t lead to better performances from McCaffrey, as he completed just half of his passes, 31-of-62, for two touchdowns and four interceptions over nine games.

He made a big change heading into 2022 spring practice, switching positions to wide receiver.

This decision proved fruitful for McCaffrey who started 10 of the 11 games he played, caught 58 passes for 723 yards and six touchdowns, finishing as the leading receiver for the Owls despite missing the final three games of the season with an ankle injury.

His redshirt senior season in 2023 was his best in college, with 68 receptions for 963 yards and 12 touchdowns, leading to him receiving First-Team All-AAC honors. 

McCaffrey left Rice after last season, forgoing a sixth year of collegiate eligibility due to COVID-19, to test his chances in the NFL.

He received an invite to the NFL Combine and competed in a number of events last month. He ran 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 1.52 seconds in the 10-yard split, 6.7 seconds in the three-cone drill and 4.02 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.

McCaffrey finished with a 76 total score according to NFL Next Gen Stats, the 18th best rating of wide receivers at the NFL Combine.

The Steelers will continue to host players throughout the next few weeks prior to the NFL Draft at the end of April. This includes Clemson cornerback Nate Wiggins on Thursday, along with McCaffrey.