Tre McBride Player Evaluation draft analyst Dave-Te’ Thomas breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of WR Tre McBride.

Tre McBride continues to climb the draft charts and could hear his name called around the third round, as he not only has the size teams look for, but has also impressed with his speed, leaping ability and power. The former prep tailback has started the last three seasons at flanker, finishing second in school history with 196 receptions and fifth with 2,653 receiving yards. During his last two seasons combined, he failed to match his scoring output from his sophomore season, but has helped the team in other ways.

McBride has averaged 7.57 yards out of the backfield as a ball carrier and is fifth on the William & Mary charts with 1,294 yards gained via 56 kickoff returns. With an 11.09-yard average as a punt returner, he’s amassed 4,281 yards, fifth-best ever by a Tribe performer.

The coaches love his work ethic and call McBride a tireless worker with a team-first attitude. He adjusts smoothly to the off-target throws and, as his 4.41 speed indicates, he has the explosive burst needed to gain separation after the catch. He does not shy away from the crowd, using his hands well to force his way through traffic. He plants and drives sharply on deep routes and has the lateral agility to shake free of press coverage at the line of scrimmage.

McBride has become very effective on vertical-type routes, showing elusive moves to the corner. He can create space with his acceleration and knows how to drive towards the sidelines in clock management. He flashes to the ball with his hands properly extended and will never hesitate when going over the middle for the ball. He shows the athletic ability to adjust to the ball and take it away from the defender.

The Tribe receiver has a keen knowledge for moving the chains, knowing how to stay uncovered once the coverage spreads. He displays the speed to find the end zone when he catches the ball in stride. Still, even with that speed and size, if challenged by a physical press, he comes out of his stance a little slow, showing hesitation before getting into gear a few steps past the line.

For a player with great straight-line speed, when he stays too tall in his running stride, he’s not very quick in and out of his cuts. While he can catch very effectively with his hands extended, he tends to cradle-catch the ball at times. Even though he is away of the sidelines, as he tends to struggle keeping his feet inbounds and also when trying to get his body turned to get to the off-target passes.

McBride is not fumble-prone, but you would like to see him secure the ball better before turning up field after the catch. He also has to get more aggressive with his hands to prevent the initial tackler from making the hit at the point of the catch, along with showing better hand strength to slap away the opponent’s attempt at the jam.

McBride will work hard to deliver good lateral quickness to jab step and gain a free release. He accelerates smoothly to challenge deep, and has the leaping ability and catching radius to snatch the ball out of the air outside of his frame. When he attempts to make a move before securing the ball, it will result in some drops due to a loss of concentration.

However, he is the type that will always fight for additional yardage. With his long reach, he can track the ball over either shoulder and does a good job of boxing out the smaller cornerbacks effectively to make the contested grab. He has the valid top-end speed to challenge deep, and is a good route-runner with the body control to sink his hips and generate burst out of his breaks to gain separation.

Where McBride impresses is that he is a very effective post and slant route-runner. While he has good vision and burst to gain yardage after the catch, he’s shown a tendency to lose his balance as he tries to make cuts at full speed. He’s courageous going over the middle and fights for every ball thrown his way.

As a blocker, he has shown the ability to be physical down field. He’s the type that takes pride in his ability to keep his assignment from making the tackle. As a second-level blocker, he looks to escort his ball carrier down field if he breaks into the open.

Tre McBride Scouting Combine measurables

6-0/210 (4.41 40)
32 1/8-inch arm length
9-inch hands
6.96-second 3-cone
4.08-second 20-yard shuttle
11.70-second 60-yard shuttle

Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.


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