Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Tre McBride


The 2015 NFL Draft is this weekend and the Kansas City Chiefs have several positions they need to address in the draft. One of the biggest needs is at wide receiver, but the Chiefs were able to upgrade by getting Jeremy Maclin during free agency. That now opens an opportunity for the Chiefs to go after a wide receiver in either the second or third round, and if that’s the case, Tre McBride is a prospect to keep an eye on.

Tre McBride caught 196 receptions for 2,653 yards and 19 touchdowns during his time at William & Mary. He also has experience with kick returns, and while that’s currently Knile Davis‘ gig in Kansas City, I don’t see any reason why McBride couldn’t get a shot at it as well.

Combine Results

  • 40-yard dash – 4.41 seconds
  • Bench press – 16 reps
  • Vertical jump – 38.0 inch
  • Broad jump – 122.0 inch
  • 3-cone drill – 6.96 seconds
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.08 seconds*
  • 60-yard shuttle – 11.70 seconds

* = Combine top performer

Results courtesy of NFL.com

William & Mary doesn’t see a lot of players enter the NFL, but McBride had quite the turnout for his Pro Day back in March, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com. Brandt noted,

"McBride (6-0 3/8, 206 pounds) is a wide receiver who’s probably going to surprise a lot of people who aren’t draftniks. The fact that 18 teams were there to see him gives you a good hint of his abilities, and he’s also had separate workouts with six teams.At his pro day, McBride had a good workout and stood on his impressive combine numbers, including a 4.39 40-yard dash, a 38-inch vertical, a 6.96 3-cone drill, and a 4.08 short shuttle."

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com compares McBride to Brandon LaFell of the New England Patriots, and says he has good NFL size and can make crazy catches.

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"Teams will have to answer questions about his level of ability to get open because he has the art of catching the ball down pat. Vertical speed and separation quickness appear to be average considering his competition level, so teams must figure out whether to keep him outside or utilize his size and toughness over the middle in the slot.– Zierlein"

With Alex Smith not being a throw down the field type of quarterback, McBride could easily fit into the Chiefs’ offense as a slot receiver. One of the knocks Zierlein has on McBride is that although he’s rumored to be quick, that hasn’t seemed to appear on any of the film.

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports is a fan of McBride’s and sees him as a top 100 pick.

"Last summer when I started to study the upcoming senior class, I turned on William & Mary tape, not expecting much. Wrong. McBride immediately jumped off the screen and looked like a Pierre Garcon clone from his days at Mount Union. I’ve been singing McBride’s praises ever since."

Ian Wharton of Bleacher Report sees McBride as a big steal in this year’s draft.

"Stuck in a deep class, Tre McBride has the resume and film of a standout playmaker with starting potential. He checks all of the boxes that are needed. He has the size, speed (4.41 40-yard dash), intelligence and playmaking ability that are critical for receivers."

I really didn’t know much about Tre McBride, but when I saw his name towards the top of the wide receiver prospect list, I decided it’d be a good idea to research the kid a little bit. One concern that was voiced in several articles (including Wharton’s) was that McBride did play at William & Mary, and didn’t see as tough as competition as a lot of guys in the draft did.

Still though. A third round pick on this kid could very well pay off for the Kansas City Chiefs for years to come.

Next: Wide Receiver Draft Wish List

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