Player Name: Tre McBride
H/W: 6'0 210
School/Class: William & Mary/Senior
Position: Wide Receiver
Measureables: 4.41 40, 6.96 3 cone drill, 10'2" broad jump, 4.08 shuttle, 38" vertical jump
- Frame - Well built and is solid muscle. No bad weight to speak of. Frame reminds me of the Titans' Kendall Wright in that both are short and "stocky" like a running back would be. Needs to maintain a weight level of 210-215 range.
- Hands - Some of the best hands I've seen in this year's class. McBride's ability to high point the ball is very uncanny like he's a bigger receiver than he is. He is a textbook definition of a hands catcher (which is a great thing). Repeatedly saved his shoddy quarterback play with some amazing catches. Attacks the ball instead of letting it come to him.
- Instincts/Awareness - Football IQ is excellent. Great route runner either inside or outside. Knows when and how to adjust his body and the route to get the job done. Very adept at finding the soft spot in the defense and exploits it to his advantage. No wasted steps with this guy. A fearless receiver willing to go over the middle to make the catch, take the hit, and keep on trucking.
- Run Blocking - As evidenced by the Richmond tape, TM is the anti DGB in that he at least attempts to block his assignment. Not the most fundamentally sound blocker but puts in the effort to learn it.
- Athleticism - Don't let the Combine numbers fool you. There's a marked difference in the game film and the workout numbers. He appears to play slower on tape because of his acceleration isn't the greatest like he's taking plays off (doesn't do it). It is a worry that he plays this slow against the FCS. NFL DBs will eat him alive if he doesn't improve in this department. Not a quick twitch athlete but a long strider.
- Level of Competition - Say what you will about the parity in college football but the FCS (formerly D1-AA) is still the FCS. Not a whole lot of experience against Division 1 caliber secondary players. However, all hope isn't lost as he looked good against the "bigger names" during the postseason all star circuit.
McBride played high school football in the state of Georgia. Received an academic scholarship offer from Harvard. Toughness, discipline, and work ethic should not be a problem as these traits were instilled in him early since his father was a 25 year Army veteran. Speaking of the service academies, TM was offered full rides to Air Force and Navy. Intelligence is also a major plus and has been since high school. Named a Georgia Merit Scholarship winner and ranked in the top 5 percent of his class. McBride also played special teams in college as a return man so Ken Whisenhunt should be delighted. Funny note: The Titans have two Georgia natives in the receiver group. Interestingly enough, both Harry Douglas and McBride hail from the southern suburbs of Atlanta.
How in the world did McBride fall to the seventh round? He's a huge steal for the Titans. McBride should at the very least provide a bit of competition for the fourth receiver spot. I do have concerns that he plays a lot slower than his workout numbers indicate. Also another concern is that the step up in the level of competition might be too steep for him initially. I love the fact that he has experience in both the inside and outside. I couldn't get a good gauge on his talents as his QB play was beyond awful at times. Hopefully with better QB help, he doesn't have to pull an ODB every time a pass is thrown his way.