FORT COLLINS — Trey McBride is bound for Phoenix.
The former CSU tight end, Fort Morgan native and 2021 Mackey Award winner was selected by the Arizona Cardinals early Friday evening with the 55th overall pick in the second round of the 2022 NFL draft.
McBride is the earliest Rams player taken in the draft since offensive lineman Weston Richburg was selected by the Giants with pick No. 43 overall in the second round of the 2014 draft. He’s the highest drafted CSU tight end ever.
The first unanimous All-American in Rams football history, the 6-foot-4, 246-pound McBride led CSU in receiving yardage last fall with 1,121 while his team-high 90 catches ranked ninth in the country. He led all FBS tight ends in both categories in 2021, as well as in yards per game (93.4).
The Fort Morgan product burst onto the scene, literally, as a true freshman in 2018, catching a 48-yard touchdown pass at Florida in the Swamp in just his fourth collegiate game. McBride would be named to the Mountain West’s first-team offense as a sophomore and was a second-team selection as a junior.
Frustrated over the Mountain West’s decision to initially forgo fall football in 2020 during the apex of the coronavirus pandemic, McBride announced that he was entering the transfer portal in the late summer of that year. He changed his mind after a delayed autumn schedule was implemented by the MW, and as a junior became the first CSU tight end to lead the team in receiving yards since Keli McGregor in 1984.
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