What draft experts said about new Vikings UAB RB DeWayne McBride (2024)

What draft experts said about new Vikings UAB RB DeWayne McBride (1)

Matt Anderson

April 29, 2023 4:56 pm CT

The Minnesota Vikings had four picks on day three of the NFL Draft. With their final pick they selected UAB running back DeWayne McBride.

With this pick, the Vikings addressed a pressing need in their lineup. If you’re curious to learn more about McBride and his potential impact, read on for insights from some of the most respected draft analysts out there.

Lance Zierlein NFL.com Analyst

Zierlein’s Overview

Productive runner with the physical/athletic attributes that could create an upward trajectory in the right situation. McBride is experienced and comfortable running in all blocking schemes. He’s smooth-hipped and runs with a good blend of shiftiness, and power. He would benefit from a quicker tempo and decisiveness inside. He must eliminate ball security issues or he could end up falling out of favor quickly. McBride’s lack of third down value could hurt his draft slotting, but his upside is worth a Day 3 selection.

Brentley Weissman of The Draft Network

Weissman’s Overview

McBride displays a good overall short-area burst which he utilizes both when running through the line of scrimmage to hit the hole and also when he is in the open field and wants to make a defender miss with a jump-cut or hesitation step. McBride is a downhill runner who is best when he puts his foot in the ground and hits the hole with a head of steam. He struggles when he is forced to create on his own at the line of scrimmage as he lacks the lateral agility to make defenders miss when met in the backfield.

The area in which McBride truly excels is his ability to run with power and contact balance. He rarely goes down by the first tackle and he runs with excellent pad level and leg drive to consistently push the pile. McBride is likely to be viewed as an excellent backup running back or as the power back in a committee.

He lacks value as a receiver out of the backfield and will likely only be utilized on first and second downs. Additionally, while there are instances of him breaking long runs, he lacks the true home-run speed to be a big-play threat at the next level. Ball security is another area of improvement as McBride has fumbled 11 times over the last two seasons.

Overall, McBride will be a successful NFL back because of his play strength, run instincts, and contact balance but may never develop into a feature back as he lacks receiving ability and is not a big-play threat.

Jason Katz of Pro Football Network

Katz’s Overview

McBride burst on the scene in 2021, rushing for 1,116 yards and 12 touchdowns, then he topped it last season with 1,713 yards rushing and 19 TDs. He has a compact build and brings a nice combination of quickness as well as power.

McBride is a bit one-dimensional, as he’s caught just four passes in three seasons, and his upright running style is worrisome. He could be a good situational back at the next level, though McBride must really develop a complete game.

Bleacher Report's Scouting Department

Bleacher Report Overview

McBride runs a little high in traffic, but he keeps churning his legs to push the pile or bounce off of contact. His high pad level and second effort can lead to some of his ball security issues. He has very good balance when he takes shots to his thighs, defenders are going to feel it when they tackle him. He has very good vision and run instincts and has surprising wiggle and shake for his run style and pad level. He often finds his way to space, and it is then that you see his lack of top-end speed.

McBride rarely pulls away from defenders and you even see them eat up his angle advantage. While he is not going to run away from defenders, he can still create his share of big plays at the next level with his vision, balance, wiggle and tackle-breaking ability. He shows that he can play under control in pass pro with feet, balance and pad level. He will strike rushers and is always looking for work to help. However, he doesn’t always show a great feel for the protection or when to release and give his quarterback space and an outlet. He will also look to strike and miss his target chipping or helping.

McBride’s stride and lack of burst doesn’t lend itself to being a receiving threat on anything other than check downs and screens, and his hands did not appear to be the most natural in limited exposure. He has starter-level NFL run skills and a physical play style that should help him contribute on special teams while he learns the nuances of NFL pass protection. His physical style and willingness to strike rushers should endear him to his quarterback. He should be a solid mid-round selection with the chance to develop into a starter.

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Did DeWayne McBride get drafted? ›

The Minnesota Vikings select UAB Blazers running back DeWayne McBride in Round 7 of the 2023 NFL Draft with the No. 222 overall pick.

Who should Vikings draft in 2024? ›

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Who are the Vikings likely to draft? ›

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What are the stats of DeWayne McBride? ›

In 2022, McBride led the NCAA in total rushing yards with 1,713, and led the nation in yards per game (155.7). He also broke the school's record for rushing yards in a game, totaling a career high 272 yards, and rushing touchdowns in a single season with 19.

How good is DeWayne McBride? ›

Listed at 5-foot-10 and 209 pounds, McBride was rated as the No. 5 running back in this year's class by ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr., and Pro Football Focus. He played in 30 games at UAB, totaling 484 carries for 3,523 rushing yards (7.3 yards per carry) and 36 touchdowns from 2020-22.

What happened to DeWayne McBride? ›

McBride spent the entirety of the 2023 campaign on the Vikings' practice squad after the team picked him in the seventh round of the 2023 NFL Draft. The running back will now look to secure a spot on Minnesota's 53-man roster ahead of the 2024 season.

Who will be the Vikings QB in 2024? ›

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The Vikings signed Sam Darnold to a one-year deal at the onset of 2024 free agency as six-year starter Kirk Cousins headed to the Falcons.

What picks do the Vikings have in 2025? ›

Conversation. Following a series of trades, the Vikings now have just 3 picks in the 2025 NFL Draft: A 1st round pick and two 5th round picks.

Who was the #1 draft pick in 2024? ›

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What QB will Vikings draft? ›

2024 NFL Draft: Quarterback J.J. McCarthy, Michigan, No.

Will Vikings trade up in draft? ›

The Minnesota Vikings traded up one spot in the first round 2024 NFL Draft to get their quarterback of the future, national championship-winning J.J. McCarthy of Michigan. In exchange for the New York Jets' No. 10 overall pick and a sixth-round pick (No. 203 overall), the Vikings gave up a fourth-round pick (No.

How do Vikings have their 23rd pick? ›

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What round did DeWayne McBride get drafted? ›

DeWayne McBride Selected by Minnesota Vikings in 7th Round of 2023 NFL Draft.

How fast is DeWayne McBride? ›

He cleans 345 pounds, bench-presses 385, and squats 550. McBride's unofficial 40-yard dash time is in the low 4.5s.

How many sacks did Dwayne Johnson have? ›

In his time at Miami, Johnson played in 39 games with one start. He recorded 4.5 sacks and 77 tackles.

Who drafted McBride? ›

Professional career. McBride was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round (55th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Who got drafted from Chattanooga? ›

There are six alums already on NFL rosters including DL Isaiah Mack (Miami), G Cole Strange (New England), G/T McClendon Curtis (Seattle), G Corey Levin (Tennessee), DL Devonnsha Maxwell and LB Tae Davis (Carolina).

What draft pick was Miles McBride? ›

Miles McBride was chosen by the New York Knicks in the 2nd round with the 36th overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft.

Who did the Vikings pick up for running back? ›

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