Trey McBride Key Stats:
Tight End, Colorado State
Touchdown Rate: Julio Jones-esque
Vanderbilt, Utah State, Toledo, San Jose State, South Dakota State, New Mexico
Positives Scouts Saw:
- Best receiving TE in the class
- Strong blocker with soft hands
- Day 1 starter
Negatives Scouts Saw:
- Release off the line of scrimmage needs work
- Lacks top end speed
- Not a dynamic YAC guy
Positives I Saw:
- Smooth route runner
- Runs downhill
- Endears himself to his QB
Negatives I Saw:
- Not an elite size/speed guy
- Not a downfield threat
- Is he allergic to the end zone?
As A Prospect:
McBride is the most pro-ready and versatile tight end prospect in the draft. He is a near-lock to be the first tight end off the board, and will most likely be slotted in as a day one starter. That’s the type of command over the position he has, and it’s justified. He gets open all over the field, he’s a strong blocker, and he can line up in the slot as well as in-line (he was in the slot on passing downs and used as a pull/lead blocker on RPOs when he was on the edge). He is a true mid-range threat, doing a majority of his damage between the hashes anywhere from 5-15 yards downfield. McBride will come in and produce, and odds are all the hype is real and he is the clear-cut TE1 of the 2022 class.
Fantasy Football Potential:
Here is where it gets interesting. Where do you take Tre McBride in drafts? Well, in TE premium dynasty leagues I want him in the 2.04 and beyond range. He is a PPR machine that will endear himself to a QB with his smart pass production, tendency to roll back towards the QB on scramble drills and his huge catch radius. In dynasty rookie drafts that don’t provide a TE premium, I will look for McBride around the 2.09 range and beyond. He has serious upside, but I think positional value around 2.04 in a single tight end league is still best suited being used on a running back or wide receiver. With that said, he’s not Kyle Pitts and in redraft, I’m not sure I’m comfortable going into the season with him as my TE1 unless I know he’s locked in with a team that will guarantee volume and high efficiency.
Trey McBride is a PPR tight end that will immediately transition to the pros and have value for both fans of a football team and fans of statistics. He catches everything, he gets himself open, and he will become a favorite target and safety blanket wherever he goes. The lack of red zone targets in college concerns me, but not nearly as much as the number of times he was tackled inside the opposing 10-yard line. I’m hoping for a regression to the mean on the former, but hoping for an improvement regarding the latter, especially for fantasy football fans. As an NFL fan, I love a tight end that’s gonna catch 6 balls for 71 yards and no touchdowns, but in fantasy, I need that TD as well.
Trey McBride Reminds Me Of:
Overall Grade: 81/100