William & Mary wide receiver Tre McBride has had one crazy ride since his final season with the Tribe. McBride finished the year with 64 receptions, 809 yds, 12.6 yds per catch, and 4 TDs–earning him First Team All-CAA honors.
Throughout his incredible career in Williamsburg, Tre was a three time All-CAA selection and a CAA Special Teams Player of the Year. He finished second in all time receptions at W&M (with 196), fifth in receiving yards (2,653 yds), fifth in all-purpose yards (4,281 yds), and sixth in touchdown catches (19). It’s now more than safe to say that this hasn’t gone unnoticed by NFL scouts and head coaches across the country.
Last time we checked in on Tre, he was busy showing off his abilities at the 2015 East West Shrine Game. Tre tore up the competition throughout the week of practices leading up to the big game, and began to turn a lot of heads. In the game itself, McBride finished with 2 receptions for 23 yards.
He was targeted several times throughout the contest, and flashed not only his route-running ability, but also his blazing fast speed, and separation ability. If not for a couple poorly thrown balls from out of sync quarterbacks, Tre may have had a touchdown and led the game in receiving yards. He burned a corner on a nicely run hitch and go route, but the quarterback was unable to connect with him down the field. The defensive back made a nice recovery and knocked the slightly under thrown ball away (excuse the Tribe bias).
Any way you look at it, McBride’s performance in the Shrine Game and the week of practice heading up to it was head and shoulders above just about every other receiver. Most notably, McBride performed at an extremely high level in one-on-one drills, as he consistently got open using his speed and route-running ability to create separation. All this left NFL Scouts salivating for more.
Next up was the 2015 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Since the Shrine Game, Tre has been working out non-stop with Exos Training–specializing in drills and work outs to specifically prepare himself for the NFL Combine. On the official William & Mary Tribe Athletics site, McBride is listed at 6’2” 205 pounds. At the NFL Combine this past Saturday, Tre didn’t disappoint in this category, as he checked in at 6’2” 210 pounds–undoubtedly adding 5 pounds of muscle to his frame since the season ended.
In the all-important 40 yard dash time, Tre truly did shock and awe. He turned in an unofficial 4.41 forty yard dash, that ranked him 7th among ALL wide receivers at the NFL Combine. If you haven’t seen the video yet, we suggest you check it out here–it’s very impressive. We always knew Tre had great speed, but a 4.41 is blazing fast, and was enough to get everyone talking. McBride’s 40 yard dash performance was good enough to elicit a strong reaction out of another Tribe wide receiver Sean Ballard, who got hyped up when watching Tre sprint to the finish line.
To put the 4.41 time into perspective, Alabama’s top wide receiver, Amari Cooper, ran an unofficial 4.42 forty yard dash and the University of Maryland’s speedster, Stefon Diggs, ran an unofficial 4.46 forty yard dash–both checking in just a hint slower than McBride. And as an interesting side note for all you Redskins fans out there, Tre McBride’s 40 time is the exact same as Robert Griffin III’s at 4.41.
Throughout the rest of the Combine, Tre continued to excel. He finished with 16 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press–good for 10th most among all wide receivers. He also finished 9th in the vertical jump, springing for 38 inches, as well as finishing 5th in the 3-cone drill.
Tre has undoubtedly built himself an incredibly strong resume going into the NFL Draft, which will begin on April 30. CBS Sports is still projecting him as a 5th round draft pick, but we believe that this NFL Combine performance may push him to even greater heights–anyone else feeling the third round, perhaps second? NFL scouts have been comparing McBride to the New England Patriots’ Brandon LaFell and to the Washington Redsksins’ Pierre Garcon. Wherever he winds up, we wish Tre all the best, and are looking forward to investing in a new NFL jersey this coming fall!
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