FORT COLLINS — Trey McBride took 4.56 seconds on Wednesday morning to cement himself as the top tight end on this year’s NFL draft board.
That was McBride’s 40-yard dash time during Colorado State’s Pro Day, where the 2021 Mackey Award winner for college football’s best tight end put an exclamation point on his resume heading into next month’s draft.
“I knew exactly what was going to happen — I just had to come out here and prove it, and I think I did,” McBride said. “Since the season ended, this is all I’ve been doing. Everything’s been put into this 40. This is all that’s been on my mind all week. I couldn’t sleep last night I was so eager to come out here and run.”
In front of approximately two dozen scouts at CSU’s indoor facility, McBride also caught passes, showing off crisp breaks out of his routes and sure hands (zero drops), and did run- and pass-blocking on a dummy.
But it was the above-average 40-time which no doubt sealed McBride’s case. With an official time of 4.56, most scouts had him clocked from 4.51 to 4.59. He only needed one try, and upon declining his second run, one satisfied scout shouted, “We’re good!”
Widely projected as a second-round pick, McBride could rise to the first day of the draft for a tight end-needy team after his sprint on Wednesday. Anything under 4.6 is fast for a tight end, and McBride’s time is a few hundredths slower than the fastest 40-time ran by a tight end at the combine this year (Maryland’s Chigoziem Okonkwo, 4.52).
“The rest is not in my hands, so I feel a lot weight off my shoulders, I feel a sigh of relief,” McBride said. “I’ve done everything that I can. Now, it’s up to teams to make the decision on me. I’m excited for what’s next. The hay’s in the barn, now I just have to let the history take care of itself.”
The Fort Morgan product has met with a majority of NFL teams.
Among the scouts on hand Wednesday were reps from all four AFC West teams — though the Broncos don’t pick until the second round at No. 64 overall. Denver could use a versatile tight end to pair with Albert Okwuegbunam, but if Denver GM George Paton was interested in McBride, a trade up would likely be necessary to get him.
“(Whoever drafts me) is getting a competitor, a playmaker and a guy who’s going to give it his all,” McBride said. “A guy you won’t have to worry about off the field, a guy who leads by example and does everything the right way, and most importantly is a winner.”
McBride’s Pro Day performance comes on the heels of his NFL Scouting Combine appearance (he didn’t run the 40 there) and a strong showing in the Senior Bowl in February. McBride drew scouts’ attention during the week of practice with his routes and blocking. He also caught a touchdown pass in the game.
The 22-year-old finished his CSU career with 164 catches for 2,100 yards and 10 touchdowns. That included 90 receptions for 1,121 yards and a TD in an award-winning 2021 that also saw him earn the first unanimous All-American selection in Rams history.
Colorado State had 11 other players work out during Pro Day: tight end Cam Butler, defensive back Marshaun Cameron, defensive lineman Manny Jones, linebacker Anthony Koclanakis, wideout Jordan Kress, cornerback Dajon Owens, defensive lineman Scott Patchan, long snapper Ross Reiter, defensive back Logan Stewart, punter Ryan Stonehouse and offensive lineman Barry Wesley.