TE Colorado State 6-3 246 SR #85
GRADE: 84 OVR RANK: TBC POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 32 1/2″ // HAND SIZE: 10 1/8″ // 40YD: 4.56 (97%) // 10YD: 1.60 (92%)
VJ: 33″ (64%) // BJ: 9’09” (73%) // BP: 18 (49%) // SS: ( %)// 3C: ( %)
Projection: Can contribute early as move TE in H-back role but can develop into standard in-line Y TE quickly given how close his run blocking is to pro-ready. Draft Projection: Late Round 2 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com
Ravens Fit: The Ravens are on the lookout for another receiving weapon to add to their TE room and McBride may fit the bill. Outstanding production in his Senior year once he got a serviceable QB, he has the kind of athleticism the Ravens looks for in their TEs. His separation skills/run blocking need some work but he has ridiculous hands and plenty of other traits to make him a receiving weapon out of the gate. His competitive fire doesn’t burn as brightly as the Ravens like but he would be the best potential candidate to replace Hayden Hurst the Ravens have had since he and his extra TE production left town.
Overall Fit 4/5
He has a varied release package from the line of scrimmage. He can use his footwork to release from soft-press, utilizing an effective single move with his lateral explosion and acceleration to win into the route. When executing a space release, he has a number of tactics to close the space to the defender and attack leverage including an effective foot fire and power skip. He can also win against press with a jam at the line of scrimmage with play strength and hand timing. When chipped he’s able to run through the contact and stays on the red-line. His stem is consistent and leads him well into all types of break. At the break-point he separates with play strength and athletic ability. His acceleration out of the break and his hand usage when challenged by bigger defenders can help him to uncover against man coverage from most Safeties/LBs, only those with good play strength, length and athletic ability themselves can compete with him.
His technique on some cuts could use some work. He gets too much on depth on speed cuts and doesn’t get out to the sideline quickly enough. He takes too many steps on two-step cuts for more hard angle breaks, though generally on more angular breaks he is better able to separate because of his lateral explosion, he doesn’t have particularly fluid hips. You can match him up outside on CBs and he will get enough separation with athleticism to box out for the catch on slants. He reads coverage well post-snap and does a good job of finding the soft spot in zone coverage.
At the catch-point, he has natural hands and excellent body control. He can adjust to all types of thrown ball on the run in all different situations, he can position his hands and adjust around his frame. He has excellent ball tracking in all situations, including and especially downfield on over-the-shoulder throws and has body control to get feet down in-bounds. He has soft, natural hands, understands how to secure the ball and prepare himself to take hits when going across the middle. He gains YAC in underneath areas against Linebackers with speed – he can neutralize their angles with his surprising athleticism.
He is a serviceable run blocker. He doesn’t always position well for the block from a technique standpoint, it means he doesn’t take his feet with him when striking the blow on the opponent and over-balances. This is particularly prevalent on reach blocks where he doesn’t bring his feet with him to gain the outside shoulder. When he does position, he fits all types of blocks well. He plays with a good pad level, leverage and therefore play strength. He has good strike zone recognition and keeps his hands inside the frame of the defender. He doesn’t quite have the core strength to move people but he does enough to make blocks functional. Would like to see more competitive fire – going after WRs downfield.
Receiving weapon immediately given his speed, explosion, body control and hands. He is a serviceable run blocker but does need to work on a positioning deficiency.
SR: 122 Tgts, 91 Recs, 1125 Rec Yards (12.4 Ave), 1 Rec TD
SO: 54 Tgts, 45 Recs, 560 Rec Yards (12.4 Ave), 4 Rec TD