DeWayne McBride - RB - UAB
Welcome to the rookie profile for DeWayne McBride. UAB’s DeWayne McBride is a highly productive running back entering the NFL draft, boasting a combination of size, power, and instincts that allowed him to run all over Conference USA. McBride exhibits exceptional patience and vision as a runner, consistently finding gaps in the line of scrimmage and making the most of his opportunities.
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 209 lbs
40-yard dash: DNP
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP
Vertical Jump: DNP
Broad Jump: DNP
Bench Press: DNP
*age is at the start of player’s rookie year
While DeWayne McBride has shown great potential as a running back, he does have a few areas that need improvement. While he is able to recognize and reach holes in the offensive line, he does not possess the necessary quickness to create separation for himself if these holes do not exist. McBride is more of a downhill runner who relies on his power and contact balance to keep him moving forward. While McBride is difficult to bring down in open space, it is not because of his agility or elusiveness. Rather, it is because of his ability to endure contact and keep his legs moving. He does not possess the lateral quickness or agility to consistently make defenders miss, which limits his effectiveness as a receiver out of the backfield.
Speaking of his receiving skills, this is an area that McBride struggles with significantly. While he has the size and strength to be a force in the passing game, he lacks the route-running ability and soft hands to be a reliable option for his quarterback. In contrast to the comparison to Le’Veon Bell, McBride is a far cry from Bell’s receiving prowess. And it is an area of his game that will need to be improved upon if he hopes to become a more complete back at the next level.
Pre Draft Analysis
Expected Draft Capital- Round 4/5
When considering potential landing spots for McBride, teams that have a featured back in place, but are in need of a legitimate backup to carry the early down load, come to mind. The New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers, for example, could be ideal fits. Both teams have established runners in Alvin Kamara and D’onta Foreman (if he returns) respectively, but lack a true backup that can handle a significant workload. If Kamara is forced to miss time for the Saints, McBride would do well to fit in the starting role for a short period. In the modern NFL, solo-backfield workhorses are things of the past, and McBride is a great cheap draft option to offer volume relief to a team’s RB group.
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