Tre McBride was a 2015 East-West Shrine Game participant, an All-America honoree who was a three-time All-CAA selection at wide receiver and also a former CAA Special Teams Player of the year who earned All-Conference accolades as a kick returner.
Tre McBride had an outstanding showing at the combine and was projected to be a top 100 player in the 2014 NFL draft despite his “small School” label. Many analysts compared him to Pierre Garcon who successfully made the transition from a small schoolÂ to the NFL. When rumors surfaced that he had ankle issues, his stock began to plummet. The Tennessee Titans drafted him in the seventh round, pick 28, 245th overall. He currently resides on the Titans practice squad buried behind the likes of, Harry Douglas, Kendall Wright, Dorial Green Beckham and Justin Hunter.
The Dallas Cowboys used a 5th round pick on Devin Street in the 2014 NFL draft. To date, he hasn’t delivered as advertised. It appears as though once again the scouts got enamored by height and length. Street does have good height, but has a thin lanky build better suited for basketball than football. He lacks the bulk desired by an NFL WR and immediately durability becomes an issue. He doesn’t come out of his breaks smoothly and lacks the burst to get the necessary separation. He doesn’t have the power or technique to be serviceable as a run blocker and you wont see him break many tackles.
I wasn’t impressed with his route running and he lacks the straight line speed (4.55 40) to beat his man on go routes. I don’t see him being physical enough to fight off the aggressive press corners when being played man to man or being able to win on contested balls other than by using his height. He does have soft hands,Â tracks the ball well. and has a nice catch radius. He has a long stride but appears to struggle with his change of direction and struggles to plant his foot, shift gears and accelerate up the field after the catch. I don’t see him as anymore than a situational red zone threat. He just appeared to be confused at times and unsure of himself when the Cowboys put him on the field. He may have been successful in college, but he can’t rely on his intangibles at the NFL level.
That being said, with Dez Bryant being sidelined with a foot injury, the Cowboys lack of depth on the outside has really shown up. Terrance Williams just hasn’t been able to stretch the field the way the Cowboys coaches had anticipated, he has had some trouble with drops. and there is no one to compliment him on the other side. At this point, they need to add some depth. Every once in a while you can find a diamond in the rough hiding on a practice squad. After hours of research and film study, I believe Tre McBride could be that player.
Height|Weight: 6-0Â 210
College: William and Mary
40 time: 4.41
Vertical Jump: 38.0
20 yard shuttle: 4.08 (top performer)
Team: Tennessee Titans
- Tre McBride has a well toned athletic frame with thick powerful legs that are like tree trunks… Deceivingly strong… What he lacks in height he makes up for with his vertical leaping ability… Strong, soft hands… Uses his body well to give the QB a direct target… Polished route runner… Versatile, lined up all over the field… Extremely smooth and athletic coming out of his breaks… Makes circus catches with ease… Strong after the catch runner (former RB)… Has the power to run through arm tackles and is a load to take down in the open field…
- Exellent sideline awareness and foot control… Always knows where the sticks are… Elite abilty to high-point and come down with contested balls… Could be used out of the backfield on reverses… Good footwork and ability to shift gears coming out of his breaks… Good vision with ability to find soft spots… Smooth hips and does a nice job of selling his routes… Special teams ace… Shows ability to see the entire field, find cutback lanes and burn opponents as a returner… Excellent straight line speed…
- Tre McBride will need time to adjust to the speed of the NFL… Despite doing a decent job blocking down the field, he will need to improve his technique as a run blocker… Not a quick twitch player like Julio Jones… Needs to work on his stop start/change of direction at the NFL level… Wont be able to rely as much on his athletic ability and/or run away from defenses like he did in college…
NFL Comparison: Brandon LaFell
Overall McBride is an outstanding athlete with some of the most reliable hands I have ever seen. He didn’t have what I would call a top-notch QB throwing to him and was still able to have success. He not only has the ability to develop in to a top tier WR, he could contribute immediately on special teams. When I combine his versatility. speed, physical nature of play and smoothness as an athlete, I feel he has more upside for the Cowboys than Devin Street. The Cowboys have nothing to lose by poaching him off of the Titans practice squad. In fact, they would more than likely be glad they did. He could immediately relieve Cole Beasley from the punt return duties and could possibly unseat Lance Dunbar as the kick returner. The worst case scenario: he adds some much needed depth to a struggling WR corp.
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