Scouting the 2015 NFL Draft: Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary

The following player evaluation was published on the Tre McBride player page on DraftBreakdown.com by yours truly. During the course of the 2015 NFL Draft season, I’ll be posting my evaluations on the player pages at DB, so be sure to check there regularly. For those of you who have inquired as to whether I’ll be publishing a 2015 NFL Draft guide, the answer is “maybe.”

Over the last 2.5 months, most of my time has been focused on my recently acquired ownership interest in DraftBreakdown.com. However, now that things have calmed down a bit, I’ve started organizing my evaluations, player rankings and overall Big Board in the same way that I did for the 2014 FRG NFL Draft Guide. Depending on how many evaluations I can complete (with time built in for editing), a 2015 FRG NFL Draft Guide could potentially be ready for download roughly one week before the NFL Draft.

Until then, here are my thoughts on 2015 NFL Draft hopeful, Tre McBride:

Overview:

Tre McBride, the senior wideout from William & Mary, enters the 2015 NFL draft after three years of solid production on the FCS level.  In 2014, McBride was a First Team All-CAA performer after grabbing 64 passes for 804 yards and 4 TDs.  It was the third time he was dubbed an All-Conference performer.  In 2013, McBride hauled in 63 catches for 801 yards and 5 TDs.  His most productive season came in 2012 when he totaled 55 receptions, 897 yards and 10 TDs.  He finished his career at William & Mary as the school’s No. 2 all-time receiver with 196 receptions.  His 2,653 receiving yards was good for 5th best in school history, with his 19 career TDs placing him 6th on the school’s list.  Physically, McBride combines solid height with a well-built frame, checking in at 6’0”, 210 lbs.  He has very good straight-line speed and above-average body control for a guy with his size.  His tape is littered with examples of him adjusting to poorly thrown balls and securing the the acrobatic catch away from his body.  McBride possesses reliable hands, showcasing the ability to win in jump ball and contested situations; He plucks the ball cleanly away from his frame without breaking stride.  He’s still a pretty raw route runner, as he tends to round off his routes; He doesn’t make sharp or explosive cuts, a result of his less-than-ideal hip flexibility.  McBride isn’t the quickest wideout off the  LOS, and  he isn’t going to create much shake and bake separation on the next level.  He’s going to experience a learning curve vs. physical press coverage in the NFL, as he currently relies too much on his athletic advantage against FCS competition.  He’s an appealing prospect with the ball in his hands, as he runs hard through contact to maximize yards after the catch.  He’s entering the League as a solid vertical threat who has enough speed to beat corners down the field in the long passing game.  McBride has a lot of experience returning kicks, ranking as one of the best in school history.  He will certainly have a role on special teams early in his career.

BOTTOM LINE:  Tre McBride is a fun player to watch, but a tough evaluation to make.  He wins on the FCS level with his athleticism, as he hasn’t faced the kind of talent at corner to really press or rattle him off the LOS.  That said, he flashed the ability to play versus high-level competition and his athletic traits were evident even when stepping up against FBS talent.  McBride’s Scouting Combine numbers confirm that he has the kind of raw ability to threaten NFL corners, but he’ll need a year or two of seasoning before he can be expected to contribute as an active member of a receiver group.  His ability as a kick returner enhances his overall value and increases the chances that he’ll produce as a rookie on special teams.  He’s a nice value pick on Day 3 with the kind of raw upside to outplay his eventual draft position.

GRADE:  6.5 (4th Round)

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