Trey McBride would give Jaguars tight end room a boost

Colorado State's Trey McBride at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins. (Imagn Images photo pool)
Colorado State's Trey McBride at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins. (Imagn Images photo pool) /

Wide receiver is arguably the Jacksonville Jaguars’ biggest need on offense this offseason but their tight end room could also use some help. If they aren’t interested in giving Dalton Schultz or Mike Gesicki a big contract in free agency, they could target Colorado State’s Trey McBride in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Sayre Bedinger of FanSided recently drew up a list of Senior Bowl prospects every NFL team should target in this year’s draft and McBride was the pick for the Jags. He believes the Colorado State product would be good for Trevor Lawrence and fill one of Jacksonville’s most pressing needs this offseason. Here’s more on McBride.

"Not only is McBride outstanding as a blocking tight end, but he is one of the better after-the-catch tight end prospects I can recall scouting at the college level. The Jaguars need players offensively who can create offense, and McBride not only can do that, but he also fills one of Jacksonville’s biggest overall needs."

So far, McBride has gotten positive reviews during Senior Bowl practices. Cole Thompson of FanNation seems to believe that he could go as high as the first round in the draft. Here’s the tight end outmuscling his opponents to gain the tough extra yards.

Why should the Jaguars target Trey McBride in the draft?

The Jaguars have more than enough cap space to make a run for Dalton Schultz in free agency but if they want to address other positions, they could very well target one of the top tight ends in the 2022 draft. Jake Ferguson and Isaiah Likely are two intriguing prospects that could soon move up draft boards but McBride is the best of the bunch.

The issue with drafting McBride is that he might not be available in the third round and the Jags would probably need to use a second-round pick on him. Keep in mind that the Jaguars also need to bolster their wide receiver corps and their offensive line, so the front office would need to decide if they want to invest an early selection in the tight end position.

Nate Tice of the Bleacher Report scouting department recently put together a report of McBride, which highlights his ability to catch the ball and his route-running skills. On the other hand, Notes notes that his inability to sustain blocks “limits his upside as a true Y tight end on run downs“. Overall, he thinks the Fort Morgan native has the potential to be an impact player and projects him as a second-round pick.

Once the Jaguars hire a head coach and sort out their front office, they will need to turn their attention to improving their roster and getting Trevor Lawrence as many weapons as possible. McBride would be a solid addition in the draft if they don’t want to invest much money in their tight end room in free agency.

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