Buffalo Bills 2022 NFL Draft Prospect to Know: Trey McBride

Trey McBride (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Trey McBride (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

Trey McBride is considered one of the best tight ends in this year’s NFL Draft and the Buffalo Bills are reportedly interested in the former Colorado State University tight end. According to Ryan Talbot at syracuse.com, the team had a private workout with McBride.

Let’s take a closer look at the player and how he might fit within the Buffalo Bills’ offense.


Height: 6’4″

Weight: 246 pounds

Arms: 32 1/2″

Hands: 10 1/8″

Trey McBride played 40 games over four seasons with Colorado State and had 164 receptions, 2,100 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns. While this past season, McBride saw his touchdowns drop to only one, he had career highs in receptions (90) and receiving yards (1,121).

This past season, McBride was a consistent threat for Colorado State with only three games with fewer than 80 receiving yards and only one game with less than six receptions.

NFL.com Scouting Report by Lance Zierlein

"Two-way tight end with the size, strength and ball skills to help impact games in-line and in space. McBride has room for improvement at the point of attack, but possesses the thickness and determination of a true, in-line blocker. He’ll need to improve his angles and play strength to even out the wins and losses against NFL competition. McBride lacks top-end speed and quickness into the route, but he can snap off route breaks and has the body control and sticky hands to win contested catch battles. Long athletes could suffocate his catch space if he doesn’t play with more physicality and aggression during the route. McBride is solid in all phases and should appeal to every team looking for a combination tight end with early starting potential."

How Trey McBride fits with the Buffalo Bills

If the Buffalo Bills draft Trey McBride, it could be a good indication that the team believes Dawson Knox’s time in Western New York could be coming to an end after this season. Trey McBride is arguably the best at his position this year and he has the potential to be that top tight end in an offense.

As Zierlein notes in his scouting report, McBride can really do everything a team might want at the position from being a blocker to a threat in the passing game.

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If the Bills were to draft him, the question becomes just how much of an impact he can make as a rookie. The team will still have Knox for this season and also signed O.J. Howard so it wouldn’t be surprising to see McBride have a minimal role as a rookie, barring an injury, but expected to take over as a starter in 2023.