Drafted: ROUND: 2 - Pick Number: 55 (ARI)
Draft Profile: BioMcBride was an all-rounder in high school where he excelled at basketball and baseball while playing both sides of the ball in football. He was scouted for his ability on the offensive side of the ball, however, as he notched up 89 catches for 1,737 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 361 rushing yards, with three touchdowns and this, resulted in him being awarded a three-star recruiting grade and place at Colorado State.
After an uneventful freshman season McBride was named first-team All-Mountain West Conference after finishing his first full season as a starter with 45 receptions for 560 yards and four touchdowns. His success continued into his sophomore season where he was named second-team All-Mountain West after catching 22 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns in four games. McBride led the team in both receiving yardage and scoring and became the first CSU tight end to ever lead the team in points scored in a season.
In 2021 he exploded with an incredible 90 receptions for 1121 yds which included a game against Wyoming, where McBride had nine receptions for 98 yards and broke the CSU school record for career receiving yards by a tight end. This has led him to being named as a finalist for the John Mackey Award - and McBride has more receptions, more yards, and more 100-yard receiving games than any previous winner through 11 games,
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Has constantly improved year to year and 2021 led him to become the focus of the Colorado passing game
- Has become the best receiving TE in the entire class if not all of college football - almost unstoppable when covered by linebackers
- Very strong as a blocker and puts opponents on the ground
- Has enough speed to challenge DBs vertically
- Has a strong, athletic frame with room for an additional 10 pounds of muscle mass.
- Adjusts well to the ball in the air - and has a natural feel for the passing game
- Technically sound - you can tell he is a student of the game
- Very versatile - las lined up as H-Back, inline, split out as a slot as well as split out outside
- Knee-bend and technique are good and he shows decent power when his hands hit the target.
- Good YAC ability will not be brought down by smaller corners
- Reliable receiver in traffic.Soft hands. Flashes good to very good tracking and overall body control to make catches outside of his frame.
- He is a highly competitive player and quickly gets to the perimeter, blocking well in space and at the second level.
- Shows good effort as a blocker and works hard to gain body positioning.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Has been inconsistent with his release off the line of scrimmage.
- Only average lateral agility to elude and might not be fast enough to be a consistent threat down the seam against NFL competition.
- Good not great height (6' 4")
- Possesses only average straight-line speed and has been a bit stiff as a route-runner, showing only average flexibility and burst out of his breaks.
Scouting Report: SummaryWe have really struggled in finding any major downside to McBride's game, which has steadily improved until exploding onto the national scene in 2021. He's athletic, very strong, fast enough, an absolute killer as a blocker, and is a total terror as a receiver and has put up jaw-dropping numbers as a result.
McBride is the best tight end in this year's class and will start from day one and could quite quickly become a star in the pros.
We expect McBride to hear his name called in the late first round with a chance to go even higher in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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