2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report


Kenny Pickett Scouting Report

January 28, 2022 1:00 AM EST


Trey McBride Scouting Report picture

School: Colorado State

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 260

Eligibility: SR

Uniform: #85

Position: TE


Evaluated by: Kagen Irwin
KagenIrwin@gmail.com
Twitter: KirwinNation10
July 6, 2021

Prospect Overview


2018: 12 G, 7 Rec, 89 yards, 12.7 YPC, 1 TD
2019: 14 G, 45 Rec, 560 yards, 12.4 YPC, 4 TD's
2020: 4 G, 22 Rec, 330 yards, 15 YPC, 4 TD's
2021: 12 G, 90 Rec, 1,121 yards, 12.5 YPC, 1 TD

Trey McBride was a prep standout at Fort Morgan High School in Colorado. He dominated at tight end, totaling 86 catches for 1,737 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also tallied 361 yards rushing for 3 touchdowns while also making 310 tackles and 14 sacks on defense. Showing a nose for the ball, McBride pulled down 7 interceptions. He was named First-Team 3A All-Colorado in his Junior and Senior years. Not only was McBride dominant on the football field, he also owns the school's records for most career points in basketball along with the most Home Runs and RBIs in baseball. Trey was an NFF Chapter Scholar Athlete and his team MVP in 2017 and 2018.


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In his freshman year at Colorado State, McBride played in all 12 games, starting 5! His most notable game came against Florida, where he had 3 catches for 60 yards. Over his first season he totalled just 7 receptions for 89 yards and 1 TD as he carved out a role on his team.

2019 was more notable as we saw a solid increase in contribution to the Rams offense. As his role grew so then did his output. He now started all 12 games and reigned in 45 catches for 560 yards and 4 TD's on the season. He capped off his solid season with a phenomenal final game against Boise State where he caught 9 passes for 101 yards and a TD. This would be the first time he broke the 100 yard mark for the school, but it certainly wouldn't be the last. He earned a First-Team All-Mountain West selection for his efforts.

In his Junior year, he was named one of only two team captains at the beginning of his 2020 campaign. Though the season was a COVID shortened 4 games, McBride's production was very steady with 22 catches for 330 yards and 4 TD's. He became the first TE to ever lead his team in scoring in school history. His work led him to Second Team All-Mountain West selection and Honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Focus.

In his final season with the Rams, McBride enjoyed a historic year. He was named the John Mackey Award winner as the nation's top tight end, along with becoming the first unanimous All-American in school history. He led all FBS tight ends in receptions (90), yards (1,121) and yards per game (93.4), becoming the school's leader in both career and single season categories in the process. He set the record for most yards by a tight end in Mountain West history, and was 4th-most all time in the FCS. Although he had only 1 TD in his senior campaign his final play as a Ram was a TD run off of a fake punt. Heck of a way to end a career.

Positives

First off Trey has decent size for the position. Although 6'4" isn't considered ideal, it isn't short by any metric. And his 260 pound frame certainly compensates for any size misgivings. Built stout and durable he is rarely ever affected by contact at the catch point. His hands are like vice grips, plenty of ability to catch the contested ball and is a reliable blanket.

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A background in basketball shows with great ability to highpoint, box out, and shows tremendous body control. On multiple occasions McBride had great awareness of the sidelines and contorts his body to make some incredible catches. Plenty of athleticism to run away from his man on a crosser, and has a good knack for sneaking behind linebackers to sit in the soft spots. His strength and ability to get skinny allows him to easily shrug off press, usually breezing right past as if nothing has happened.

In run sets, of which he had plenty of experience with at CSU, he shows excellent ability to maintain his assignment and never truly whiffs or looks confused. What he lacks in pure ability as a blocker, he certainly makes up for in effort. And at any level blocking is just as much about effort as skill. Although he does an excellent job when cracking down to replace pulling tackles, he almost always getting the better of bigger men with a solid angle. McBride seems to thoroughly enjoy sending someone to the ground!

Trey has been a leader at CSU and over the past two seasons has been one of only two chosen team captains. Trey is a quality tight end and though nothing jumps out as spectacular, he is well above-average everywhere. And he's progressing very quickly, and will undoubtedly get even better at the next level.

Areas for Improvement

The first thing to notice on tape about Trey is really his balance. He seems top heavy when he runs and is seen leaning and tripping more than you'd like. Just doesn't always seem like his base is under him when he's running. This shows up in his route running as well, when asked to change direction, McBride struggles to stay crisp. Linear curls are okay but outs and ins are labored and rounded. He's also not going to make anyone miss in space. Tight ends definitely aren't known for their agility but it's safe to say there's not much, if any, of that in Trey's game.

Though he is stout, McBride doesn't seem to be able to get much power or drive going. He doesn't blast through tacklers and fall forward like you'd expect. And he tends to dip his head and reach for blocks, causing him again to lose balance. I think it all comes down to his balance honestly. If a team can work with him on that, a lot of these issues would subside and he'd develop to be a high quality, well-rounded tight end. It's also worth mentioning that he only had 1 TD last year despite historic production. That could be from scheme, where CSU would mostly run in the redzone, or it could be quarterback play, or maybe he isn't good at winning in close quarters. It's tough to tell given CSU's limited redzone chances and scheme, but it needs to be mentioned.


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Draft Stock

Trey McBride had one of the most productive seasons a tight end could have last year, aside from the outlier stat 1 TD. Everything else was record breaking. However there isn't much on film to suggest he can't be a threat in the redzone. He's got great hands, jump ball ability and concentration. It's being able to win in short areas that may be hindering him for now. But as I said before I think his balance is the cause of most of these flaws. If a team can bring him in and work on that, his game will have another jump.

He's got all these skills you want at tight end;McBride can block, can get downfield, and he can sure catch. By my assessment he'll have to play with more leverage if he wants to take on the likes of Von Miller and Myles Garrett in the run game, but I don't get the impression he'll be daunted or discouraged by the task. I'd take him somewhere in the mid-second round range, anywhere dropping into mid-late 3 would be a steal for a really quality tight end.

For any tight end needy teams he may be able to start right away and give you quality play. But in two or three years, with the right team, he might be in the top half of the league's best tight ends.

Games Evaluated

  • Fresno St. (10-29-20)
  • S. Dakota State (9-3-21)
  • Vanderbilt (9-11-21)
  • Iowa (9-25-21)
  • New Mexico (10-16-21)
  • Nevada (11-27-21)


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