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Player Profile: Trey McBride

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 260 lbs

School: Colorado State

NFL Comparison: Hayden Hurst

Why you’re drafting him…

The 2022 draft class does not project to have any day one tight end prospects, but the position should be all over the board on day two. Trey McBride factors in as the most likely candidate to be the first one selected of the bunch. Over his first three years in college, he posted a respectable 74 catches for 979 yards and 9 touchdowns. Then, in his 4th year, he exploded with a 90-1,121-1 stat line. 90 catches for over 1,100 yards is something we don’t typically see from a tight end at any level, so that is definitely encouraging. For a guy of his size, he’s surprisingly agile and has done a good job at gaining separation off of the line and getting open down the field. He’s got excellent hands and has proven to be a very versatile tight end. You can line him up just about anywhere and he should find success. A big plus to McBride’s game is his ability as a blocker. Being an excellent blocker is imperative for tight ends in the NFL… the better you can do that, the earlier you’re going to get playing time. We’d obviously like to see McBride end up in a spot that desperately needs production from the tight end position, and I think that scenario is likely to happen.

Needs to improve…

For a guy of his size, he doesn’t seem to run angry. He’s physical on the catch but lacks that physicality when the ball is in his hands. I’d like to see him fight more for that extra yard rather than go down the second someone touches him. His route running is also nothing to write home about, though it gets the job done.

Prediction for 2022 NFL Draft…

McBride could sneak into the 2nd round, though I am having a tough time figuring out where a tight end would be selected. With that being said, I believe that he’ll (among other tight ends) come off of the board in the 3rd, as there should be a run on the tight end position at some point. Based on draft position, McBride’s most likely landing spots appear to be the Jets, Jaguars or Chargers.

Dynasty fantasy football spin…

If McBride lands with the Chargers, he’ll probably sneak into the first round in 1QB drafts and be the consensus rookie TE1… then again, there’s about 3 or 4 tight ends that would fit that bill with the Chargers. However, no matter the landing spot, McBride will likely stay put in my top-2 tight ends. He is a significantly more interesting prospect than most in this class. If his landing spot is great, expect him to be gone by the end of the 1st round. If the landing spot is not an immediate impact spot, he’ll likely go in the middle of the 2nd round. Remember, tight ends take the longest to pump out good fantasy numbers. Don’t pay too much attention to the landing spot because he’ll likely take a few years to develop anyway.

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