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DaWolf
04-28-2007, 07:52 PM
Wilson grad McBride waiting to watch his dream come true
http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070426/SPORTS/704260410/1002/SPORTS
By CELESTE E. WHITTAKER
Courier-Post Staff

Turk McBride is going through all sorts of emotions as the 2007 NFL Draft approaches.

The former Woodrow Wilson High School star is expected to get drafted sometime this weekend -- several mock drafts have him going in the second round -- after culminating his career at the University of Tennessee with a standout senior season.

The draft is Saturday and Sunday at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, and nfldraftscout.com has McBride rated as the No. 5 overall defensive tackle in the draft. Scout.com rates him as the No. 7 overall defensive tackle.

"Too many words to explain," McBride, 21, said Monday afternoon from Tennessee. "Nervous, excited . . . I'm just ready to get it over with, I guess. I just want to see where my new home is going to be.

"I've been playing football for so long. I used to always watch football on Sundays and always wished that was me. Now, I might be blessed enough to play on Sundays and people can look at me and wish that was them. When I think about it, I get excited."

The 6-foot-3, 277-pound McBride had a solid NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February. His 40-yard dash time was 4.82 and he recorded a 31-inch vertical jump. He also recorded a 9-foot long jump, a 4.12 time in the short shuttle and did 27 bench presses of 225 pounds. Also, his arm length was measured at 33 inches.

McBride went into the combine rated as the seventh-best defensive tackle by nfldraftscout.com and came out rated as the fifth-best.

"I believe the combine helped me out a great deal," said McBride, who played wide receiver and defensive end in high school. "A lot of people have question marks about me, my size, my speed. Can I bulk up? Am I a defensive tackle or a defensive end? The way I moved at the combine, I moved very fluidly. Just like an athlete. I can play either end or tackle. It's not hard for me to bulk up and stay with my quickness or speed or stay the same and just be me."

McBride, who played tackle and end for the Vols, finished with 68 total tackles, nine for a loss, one sack, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and five quarterback hurries in 13 games for Tennessee in 2006. He ended his four-year career with 121 tackles, 20 1/2 for a loss and 6 1/2 sacks in 43 contests.

When Tennessee defensive tackle Justin Harrell, a projected first-round pick, was lost early in the 2006 season with a torn biceps tendon, McBride shuffled from end to tackle. Harrell is projected as a first-round pick.

"(McBride's) ability to move back inside and give us a playmaker inside was tremendous," Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis said.

McBride, who is affable, articulate and talkative, has a solid reputation, which should also help his draft status. With the image problems around the NFL lately, it can't hurt to have a good guy around.

Tennessee defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks said on rockytoptalk.com that "Turk McBride is one of the greatest young people that has every played here in my 13 years. He loves this program and this football team. . . . He's just one of the most unselfish people we've ever had play for us."

A mock draft on nfldraftcountdown.com has McBride going in the second round (49th overall) to the Cincinnati Bengals. Another on fftoolbox.com has him going 54th overall to Kansas City, while footballsfuture.com has him going to Tampa Bay, 64th overall. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. predicts McBride will go to the New Orleans Saints with the 58th overall pick. All four have him projected as a second-round pick.

Does he have a preference on his location?

"Not really," he said. "I believe I'm pretty well-rounded. I'm from the East Coast. I went to school down South. I trained in L.A. I've almost been everywhere except the Midwest. I just want to play football, basically."

Soon after Tennessee lost to Penn State 20-10 on Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., McBride headed to the API Training Center in Carson, Calif. to prepare for the combine.

He's 16 credit hours shy of a sociology degree from Tennessee, something he is intent on getting, regardless of what happens this weekend.

"I'm definitely going to get my degree," he said. "Not a lot of people from my city have that."

But, for now, he's focused on this weekend and the realization of a longtime dream.

Thinking about getting drafted has him "very emotional. The last four or five years, I've been watching the draft faithfully. Just coming from the school (Tennessee) I come from, we've always had many people get drafted. Now, it's going to be my turn. I just ended one part of my life, and now I'm about to start another one."

Reaper16
04-28-2007, 07:54 PM
Who is fftoolbox and were the just lucky?

GoHuge
04-28-2007, 08:00 PM
Kind of ironic he's been everywhere but the midwest. Welcome welcome....

Direckshun
04-28-2007, 08:01 PM
Guy seems to have the athleticism, the brains, and the attitude.

Can he exist in a league where he will routinely size up against guys 20-50 pounds heavier.

Time will tell.

Herm just either baaaaadly blundered this one, or he's a lot smarter than we are.

siberian khatru
04-28-2007, 08:02 PM
He played WIDE RECEIVER in high school?

the Talking Can
04-28-2007, 08:02 PM
trying to post a screen shot of his bio

SNR
04-28-2007, 08:03 PM
Sounds like a Herm guy. Like his work ethic and the footage I've seen always shows him working his ass off on the field. Has a high motor.

Hope he has fun in training camp, that's what's going to prove anything for us.

KcMizzou
04-28-2007, 08:04 PM
McBride, who is affable, articulate and talkative, has a solid reputation, which should also help his draft status. With the image problems around the NFL lately, it can't hurt to have a good guy around.


He's 16 credit hours shy of a sociology degree from Tennessee, something he is intent on getting, regardless of what happens this weekend.

"I'm definitely going to get my degree," he said. "Not a lot of people from my city have that."

Sure doesnt sound like a guy who scored a 9 on the wonderlick test. (Never completely trust a "wiki")

DaWolf
04-28-2007, 08:04 PM
trying to post a screen shot of his bio
Curious to see how he will fit into the cover2 scheme...

KcMizzou
04-28-2007, 08:05 PM
He played WIDE RECEIVER in high school?
Very wide, I'm guessing.

the Talking Can
04-28-2007, 08:05 PM
like Bowe, he seems to have great attitude...we'll see


Trust In Herm(?)

milkman
04-28-2007, 08:05 PM
So he's not a pass rusher, or a run stuffer?

So....uh......what exactly does he do?

siberian khatru
04-28-2007, 08:06 PM
So he's not a pass rusher, or a run stuffer?

So....uh......what exactly does he do?

Apparently, he "fits the Cover 2." :shrug:

shaneo69
04-28-2007, 08:07 PM
Tweener. Sweet!

Or maybe we're switching to the 3-4. Even better!

the Talking Can
04-28-2007, 08:07 PM
Curious to see how he will fit into the cover2 scheme...

yeah, they suggest an end in a 3-4

definetly not a run plugger...but sounds very athletic for a DT

who knows?

Coach
04-28-2007, 08:08 PM
like Bowe, he seems to have great attitude...we'll see


Trust In Herm(?)

We'll see. Remember Hali last year. He did have great attitude, despite having a piss-poor 40 time. Look how that turned out.

DaWolf
04-28-2007, 08:08 PM
So he's not a pass rusher, or a run stuffer?

So....uh......what exactly does he do?
Based on the article, he hasn't been allowed to do one thing for too long.

On one hand, he could have terrific potential and he has a great motor, with Gun likes. On the other, he better not be another Siavii-esque project...

Mecca
04-28-2007, 08:09 PM
DT's in the cover are not run stuffers........their smallish fast guys that are suppose to penetrate into the backfield.

siberian khatru
04-28-2007, 08:10 PM
On one hand, he could have terrific potential and he has a great motor, with Gun likes. On the other, he better not be another Siavii-esque project...

He's got a motor, which already puts him way ahead of Siavii.

Reaper16
04-28-2007, 08:10 PM
So far, my reaction to Turk is the same that I had with Pollard. An initial befuddlement followed by realization of potential.

Coach
04-28-2007, 08:11 PM
Based on the article, he hasn't been allowed to do one thing for too long.

On one hand, he could have terrific potential and he has a great motor, with Gun likes. On the other, he better not be another Siavii-esque project...

To be fair though, Siavii did had knee injuries during his college years, IIRC. I don't think McBride has any injury concerns, or at least none that I heard of.

KcMizzou
04-28-2007, 08:11 PM
So far, my reaction to Turk is the same that I had with Pollard. An initial befuddlement followed by realization of potential.
That sums it up nicely. It'll be interesting to see how he pans out.

milkman
04-28-2007, 08:12 PM
DT's in the cover are not run stuffers........their smallish fast guys that are suppose to penetrate into the backfield.

But that penetration is also required in a pass rush in the cover 2, and his weakness, according to that Bio is that he is not a pass rusher

Direckshun
04-28-2007, 08:18 PM
Cover 2 or not, DT lineups in a 4-3 typically feature one "size" DT, and one "speed" DT.

Right now we have two "size" DTs in Boone and Edwards, and three "speed" DTs in Reed, Wilkerson, and McBride.

Wilkerson has the versatility to be productive at DE, so this might loosen us up to release Hicks along with Sims.

Two cap hits, gone...

trndobrd
04-28-2007, 08:23 PM
...and some extra depth at WR....would be interesting to see him lined up over a nickel back, if only to smash him in the mouth a couple times.

Pitt Gorilla
04-28-2007, 08:24 PM
His film looks good in terms of getting penetration. He can get into the backfield very quickly and make a play. If his attitude translates into working hard, he could be a good one.

He ran a 4.8 40, which is pretty solid.

penchief
04-28-2007, 08:26 PM
When McBride played DE, which side did he play? The same side as Allen?

Fairplay
04-28-2007, 08:27 PM
He's got a motor, which already puts him way ahead of Siavii.



Siavii's motor was a 4 cylinder. A Yugo, i believe.

dirk digler
04-28-2007, 08:29 PM
Interesting pick. Maybe the Chiefs are thinking about lining him up as DE while Allen is gone?

Direckshun
04-28-2007, 08:29 PM
When McBride played DE, which side did he play? The same side as Allen?
He plays DT primarily, if not entirely.

KcMizzou
04-28-2007, 08:30 PM
Siavii's motor was a 4 cylinder. A Yugo, i believe.When I was a kid I had an old 3 cylinder Geo Metro with one dead cylinder.. (burnt valve)

It had more "get up and go" than Siavii.

tomahawk kid
04-28-2007, 08:30 PM
I watched alot of SEC games last season.

McBride is a solid pick. He took over when Harrel went down and is a good two gap pentrator.

Typical Cover 2 DT.

shaneo69
04-28-2007, 08:31 PM
McBride was the 18th best DT according to Sporting News' draft preview issue.

KcMizzou
04-28-2007, 08:32 PM
McBride was the 18th best DT according to Sporting News' draft preview issue.That seems a hell of a lot lower than where anyone else had him.

tomahawk kid
04-28-2007, 08:32 PM
McBride was the 18th best DT according to Sporting News' draft preview issue.

That says more about the Sporting News to me than anything else.

Brock
04-28-2007, 08:33 PM
McBride was the 18th best DT according to Sporting News' draft preview issue.

pfft sporting news.

milkman
04-28-2007, 08:36 PM
He plays DT primarily, if not entirely.

Uh..... the scouting reports are saying he played DE until Harrell went down to injury.

Count Alex's Losses
04-28-2007, 08:39 PM
Pollard was more of a reach than Turk.