Trey McBride went back to his roots as he anxiously waited for the phone call.
A perfectly tailored maroon suit with black shirt to reflect the school colors of his hometown Fort Morgan High School.
It was fitting for him to wear a piece of home as he waited to be selected in the 2022 NFL draft.
The former Colorado State football star tight end had so much of home with him at his watch party in Fort Collins.
Family sat around him and in the room was his idol-turned-mentor turned friend Joel Dreessen, himself a tight end from Fort Morgan who made the NFL via CSU.
McBride hardly slept at all Thursday after not being picked in the first round, a nervous ball building in his stomach as he waited to be picked.
Finally, the call came.
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim strung him along with innocuous conversation before handing the phone to coach Kliff Kingsbury. Then it became official that McBride would be the No. 55 overall pick (second round) to join the Cardinals.
“This has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” McBride said. “To finally be drafted and to be officially an NFL player, this is, man, this is so special.”
McBride will be paired with young rising star quarterback Kyler Murray and he’ll be in a tight end room with veteran Zach Ertz.
“I’m excited as heck. I feel like I can run through a brick wall right now,” McBride said. “I’m so excited more than anything to catch balls from a guy like that who can just make plays. He’s just a playmaker and a guy who can do it all. Thrilled as heck to catch balls from him.”
McBride heads to the NFL after one of the best seasons for a tight end in FBS college football history.
He won the Mackey Award as the top tight end in 2021 as he caught 90 passes for 1,121 yards. Both set school records and the yardage was the fifth-most in NCAA history for an FBS tight end in a season.
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The one blemish on his resume was just one touchdown reception in 2021, but film study quickly showed that was a case of stubborn effort from CSU’s offense to run the ball in the red zone rather than try to create matchups for McBride.
For his career, he grabbed 164 catches for 2,100 yards and 10 touchdowns. The number of career catches and yards are school records for a tight end.
He’s the first CSU football player picked in the NFL draft since Olabisi Johnson in the seventh round of the 2019 draft. McBride is the highest selection for the Rams since offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo was taken in the second round of the 2015 draft.
McBride is from the small town of Fort Morgan, Colorado, just northeast of Denver. He’s the second CSU tight end from Fort Morgan to become an NFL player, following in the footsteps of Dreessen.
He was also the first Mountain West player selected in the 2022 draft.
McBride trained in Phoenix for four months leading up to the draft and “fell in love with the place.” Another note: The Cardinals play at Denver this season.
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“I felt like I just had this ball in my stomach (while waiting),” McBride said. “It’s finally relieved. I feel like the weight is off my shoulder. It’s finally here. It’s a moment that I’ve been truly dreaming of my whole life.”
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