Utah State, Vanderbilt, Toledo
McBride has great position versatility. He was used all over the offense in college as an end of the line traditional tight end, H-back, in the slot, and on the outside as a receiver. Showed that he can be productive from each of those spots. As far as his overall play goes, he is the best blocking tight end that I saw in this class. He has an explosive initial step in inline blocking and a powerful punch. Once he gets his hands inside, he gets his legs churning and doesn't stop. McBride shows a true mean streak as a blocker and plays through the whistle. Greats movement off the line of scrimmage on a regular basis. As a receiving threat, he has very reliable hands and a high catch radius.
Could clean up his route running at the next level. While he doesn't struggle to get going, he lacks true foot quickness in his release. Is more of a smooth route runner than finds space. Lacks sharp cuts and change of speed in his routes to create separation in the short and intermediate passing game. Isn't super flexible or twitchy which could be due in large part to his body type. Although he shows a willingness to do so, didn't have many reps as a pass blocker, mainly because he was the top receiving threat at Colorado State.
Not considered a highly touted recruit out of the state of Colorado, McBride decided to stay close to home and play for the Rams. Made five starts as a true freshman, catching seven passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Saw his role expand as a sophomore, finishing the year with 45 receptions for 560 yards and four touchdowns which earned him First Team All-Mountain West recognition. As a junior, McBride was named a team captain but saw his production decrease as he caught 22 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns. McBride truly took off in his final season with the Rams, leading all FBS tight ends with 90 receptions for 1,121 yards along with one touchdown. His play earned him an abundance of honors, including the John Mackey Award for the best tight end in the country, unaminous First Team All-American recognition, and an invitation to the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. At the next level, McBride is the clear cut top tight end prospect in many eyes. He would definitely benefit from starting off as a productive TE2 but could be a true TE1 very early in his career. I see him being drafted in the mid-late second round of the draft to a tight end needy team. If he plays to his full potential, McBride could be a potential top 10, Pro Bowl caliber tight end in the league.
Is an average but adequate athlete. Has solid lateral agility with the ability to move side to side and change direction smoothly. Isn't super flexible but also isn't a complete stiff either. Shows a ton of play strength in his blocking, catch in traffic ability, and when running after the catch. Explosive out of his stance as a blocker but doesn't really jump out anywhere else in that area. Has adequate speed to be able to create separation against linebackers as a route runner and pick up yards after the catch.
Big Play Ability
Spacing & Timing
Has very reliable hands. Looks the ball in and secures it before making his move up the field. Uses his length to his advantage to stretch out for overthrown passes and go get jump balls at their highest point. As a route runner, he comes off the line smoothly but doesn't have much quickness in his feets. Shows that he can run a variety of routes but doesn't have great change of speed or sharp cuts to create a ton of separation from defenders. When he does create separation, it is usually due to a speed advantage and his long strides. Shows a good awareness of what is around him and knows how to time his routes to find openings in the defense to get open.
Is at his best as a run blocker. Has a very strong initial punch and does a great job of getting his hands inside. Has impressive leg drive once he gets engaged, which helps him create nice movement off the line of scrimmage. In space, he does a good job of finding work. He looks up the defender and positions himself effectively to make the block. The main thing I would like to see as a run blocker is for him to work on getting more extension once he gets inside position with his hands. Due to his receiving ability, he wasn't asked to stay in as a pass blocker much but he was effective when asked to do so.
Blocking in Space
Plays with a very high motor. Has a mean streak to him as a blocker and keeps going through the whistle. Gives a ton of effort regardless of if he is getting the ball or not. Is a very aggresive player who isn't afraid to stick his nose out and take on contact both as a blocker and a pass catcher. Uses his strong hands to his advantage and fights for every ball thrown to him. He comes up with a nice amount of contested catches.
Aggression & Toughness
Catch Point Mentality
Has great position versatility. Lined up on the end of the line of scrimmage as a true tight end, off the line as an H-back, in the slot, and out wide as an outside receiver. Was used in motions as a H-back on many occasions. Shows good instincts and play awareness. Knows his role and does it effectively but also knows when to adjust in the middle of a play.