Next up at the tight end position is Trey McBride, a solid tight end prospect looks to be selected early in this year’s NFL Draft.
Trey McBride-6’4″-246-Senior Colorado State
Trey McBride is a Senior Tight End prospect that is looking good ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft. In a deep class, it is easy to look at flashier players but McBride is as solid as they come in this class. His college production speaks for itself, as a First Team All-American in 2021. He will look to be one of the first tight ends selected in this year’s NFL Draft.
What I like
He has huge hands, measuring in at 10 1/8 inches. They were on full display over his time at Colorado State, hauling in 90 passes in his final season as a Ram. McBride made plenty of tough catches in traffic and has a good catch radius. Reliable hands are always a strong trait for a tight end in the NFL Draft.
McBride is a very dynamic player after the catch. He has big play ability that few tight ends have, and his big plays speak for themselves. Few others in this NFL Draft have this ability, paired with his size. He is really good with the ball in his hands in the open field, and is surprisingly elusive for his size. His big plays over his career for the Rams were very impressive.
Trey McBride surpasses Keli McGregor to become CSU’s all-time leader in receptions by a tight end. Just an incredibly impressive career. pic.twitter.com/uViEIdSFFD
— Justin Michael (@JustinTMichael) November 21, 2021
McBride is a willing blocker, and it has become something he is good at. Blocking is about effort a lot of the time, and McBride certainly does not lack there. He works hard in the run game and he has the strength to continue being a good blocker at the next level. He did not do many tests at the combine, but produced 18 reps on bench.
Trey McBride can handle the Y-TE duties vs DEs that outweigh him by 20lbs…
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) January 19, 2022
The best trait McBride has is his versatility. He has the ability to line up in the backfield as more of an H back type, as a Y tight end, and is also very comfortable working out of the slot. His best ability is probably as a traditional Y tight end, but his ability to do it all should have NFL scouts excited. He is a true swiss army knife, and is above average at almost everything.
What I haven’t seen
-Red Zone Ability
He is a decent route runner, but could use some work on footwork to help him get more separation. Running sharper routes could be something he needs to improve against faster longer defenders to get more separation. NFL Draft scouts may look at this as something that points to future improvement if he can fix it. Anything that you say about him as a player is nit-picky, because he is so good at everything. He can certainly improve his separation and route tree as he enters the NFL especially with his lack of great speed.
Only scored one touchdown in his 2021 season. His one TD was the result of what looked like a miscommunication by the defense. In a more efficient offense he may have had easier opportunities, but it is interesting how little he found the endzone. In a better offense than Colorado State he should see more success in this regard. It will be interesting to see how teams in the NFL Draft evaluate his production.
Trey McBride is my top tight end in this year’s NFL Draft. He had a great showing at the combine, even though he did not run a 40. He looked smooth and comfortable in the drill work, and tested well on bench press. McBride should be a high level player for somebody, despite his lack of explosiveness or speed. He is just a really good football player, and teams should be taking a look at him early in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Role: Potential Early Starter
Draft position: 2nd round
NFL Comp: Mark Andrews
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