2015 NFL DRAFT
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Turk McBride

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 277 | College: Tennessee
 
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Overview

The team's "fifth" defensive lineman, McBride proved to be not only a capable performer, but also a versatile one in playing at a variety of positions on the front wall throughout his career. Much like Penn State's Tim Shaw, McBride was the first player the coaching staff would plug in to a position when injuries or poor performances dictated that the Vols needed a spark upfront.

While moving around to different positions would generally impede the progress of a young athlete, McBride seemed to thrive in the role. Even though he started only 17 of 43 games during his career, the coaches will tell you that he was the Vols' most valuable lineman.

For McBride, it was a family affair at Woodrow Wilson High School, where he played football for his uncle, head coach Mike McBride. Turk earned Parade and Super Prep All-American honors, in addition to garnering All-State, All-Area, All-Group III, All-Conference and All-South Jersey accolades. He was rated the fifth-best overall prospect in the state of New Jersey by Super Prep.

McBride was a four-year starter as a receiver, and started his final two seasons as a defensive end. He recorded 67 tackles, four fumble recoveries, four caused fumbles, one interception and four blocked punts as a senior. He set a school single-season record with 16 sacks that year after totaling 13 his junior year.

The previous season, he totaled 60 tackles to go with three fumble recoveries, four blocked field goals and two fumble returns for scores. On offense that season, had 24 catches for 486 yards and nine touchdowns. He also lettered in track, competing in the shot put and discus while also running in the 100 meters.

McBride enrolled at Tennessee in 2003 and saw action in eight games as a true freshman. He was listed third on the depth chart at right defensive end, managing just one assisted tackle while deflecting one pass. In 2004, McBride's versatility came into play.

With injuries on the front wall, he appeared in all 13 games. He started against Georgia at left end, lined up at left tackle against Alabama and Vanderbilt, then shifted to right tackle against Auburn. He finished the season with 36 tackles (22 solos), three sacks, eight stops for losses and six pressures. He also caused and recovered two fumbles.

An ankle sprain would limit McBride to nine games in 2005. He lined up at left tackle, producing 16 tackles (9 solos) with 2.5 sacks and 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also came up with three quarterback pressures.

His versatility and newfound leadership skills helped the team through several injuries in 2006. He was also injured himself, suffering a hip pointer against Georgia, but he played through pain to start all 13 games. He took over the defensive captaincy role when Justin Harrell was lost for the season after the third game.

McBride started the first two games at left end, shifted to right tackle vs. Florida and then shifted to Harrell's left tackle spot for the rest of the season. He picked up All-Southeastern Conference honors, as he recorded 68 tackles (42 solos), one sack, nine stops for losses and five pressures. He also caused one fumble and deflected a pass.

In 43 games at Tennessee, McBride started 17 times. He finished with 121 tackles (73 solos), 6.5 sacks for minus-42 yards, 20.5 stops for losses of 74 yards and 14 quarterback pressures. He recovered a pair of fumbles and caused three others. He also had three pass deflections.

Analysis

Positives: Has thick muscle mass, with a broad upper frame, muscular arms, wide hips, good bubble and thick thighs … Strong, aggressive defender with impressive upper body strength … Has the quickness and timed speed to explode out of his stance and is the type who goes full speed on every play … Shows good urgency working his way down the line and has the pad level and burst to get quick penetration when he locates the gap … Has just an adequate feel for blocking schemes, but has improved his ability to "read hats" and slip off blocks … Is best served making plays in the move to compensate for a lack of size and bulk working the interior (will get pushed back by double teams), but knows how to use his quickness and hand placement to generate counter moves needed to escape trash … Generates a quick surge off the snap, showing the first step to gain advantage on the blockers … Has a good feel for blocking schemes, using his hands to keep opponents from attacking his feet … Has the functional strength and short-area quickness to flash into the backfield to flush out the quarterback … Takes good angles in pursuit when playing off the line and flattens with a good burst to close … Takes short steps to move through the pile and has enough functional lower body strength to sit and anchor vs. the single block (lacks the size to combat double teams, though) … Brings his hips in attempts to square up and wrap up ball carriers … Plays the game on his feet when on the move and while he lacks the long distance top speed, he has the short-area burst and acceleration to close … Shows urgency getting to the ball and the balance to defeat blocks coming off the edge … Closes with speed and uses his hands effectively to slip past blockers … Keeps very active with his arms when engaging and can quickly adjust to chase, showing an explosive burst when closing … Not really effective as a pass rusher off the edge, but does flash a decent swim move to beat a lethargic blocker (not good as a bull rusher) … When he keeps his hands active, he does an adequate job of creating separation from blockers … Given a free lane, he has enough short-area speed to pressure the pocket … Effective on stunts, taking good angles to the ball (can also slant with proper balance).

Negatives: Played tackle, but seems to struggle too much with multiple blocks to be effective playing inside in a three-technique system and doesn't have the long timed speed to get consistent penetration as an edge rusher … Gets tied up and stuck on double team blocks too much, especially when his initial move does not work … Has the speed to make the chase in lateral pursuit, but lacks the bulk to anchor at the point of attack or get stout to neutralize the inside rush lanes … Gets pushed around when trying to split blocks and while he can handle one-on-one action, he doesn't generate the hand punch to counter multiple blockers … Has to develop stronger arm swipes to prevent blockers from stranding him at the line of scrimmage (active with his hands, but his weight room strength fails to translate to the field) … Tends to get too tall in his stance and narrow in his base, making it easy for blockers to attack him low and ride him off … Shows good urgency in his play, but will over-pursue at times and lacks the plant-and-drive agility to recover and get back into the play … Undersized tackle who needs to keep his hands active in order to beat blocks (lacks bulk and strength to obliterate blockers) … More of a wrap-up tackler, but you would like to see more explosion behind his hits (will take a side at times and is not consistent in driving the ball carrier back) … Needs to do a better job reading the pre-snap, as he is prone to costly offside penalties.

Compares To: MONTAE REAGOR-Indianapolis … McBride lacks the bulk and brute strength to split double teams working at tackle, and lacks the sustained speed to be an effective edge rusher. Like Reagor, he plays with a high motor and it is his versatility that will earn him a roster spot. He has the potential to be a good situational player, but he doesn't have the power you look for at the point of attack. His good hand usage lets him slip single blocks and he shows a good spin move to be effective on outside stunts.

Career Notes

McBride's versatility saw him start 12 games at left defensive tackle, three at left end and two at right tackle during his career … 17 of his 20.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage came in contests that he started.

2006 Season

Earned Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference honors … Added Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club of South Jersey Division I-A Player of the Year honors … Named SEC Defensive Linemen of the Week vs. Kentucky … Took over permanent defensive captaincy after Justin Harrell was lost for the season after the third game … Started vs. California and Air Force at left defensive end, lined up at right tackle vs. Florida and then took over Harrell's role at left tackle the rest of the season … Finished fourth on the team with a career-high 68 tackles (42 solos) … Credited with an 8-yard sack, nine stops for losses of 28 yards and five quarterback pressures … Also caused one fumble and deflected a pass.

2006 Game Analysis

California … Started at left end, posting two tackles with three pressures … On the game's second play from scrimmage, McBride teamed with Marvin Mitchell to tackle tailback Justin Forsett for a 5-yard loss and two plays later, he pressured QB Nate Longshore into throwing an incomplete pass … Head to Head Competition-OT#52-Scott Smith.

Air Force … At left end, McBride delivered nine tackles (5 solos) … Head to Head Competition-OT#64-Blaine Guenther.

Florida … Shifted to right tackle, collecting a career-high ten tackles (6 solos) … Sacked QB Curtis Leak for an 8-yard loss on third-&-15, making up for being called for jumping offside three plays earlier … Head to Head Competition-OG#73-Carlton Medder.

Marshall … Took over left tackle chores for the rest of the season, coming up with six tackles (5 solos), including one that stopped Bernard Morris for a 2-yard loss on a run with five minutes left in the first quarter … Penalized for jumping offside in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#65-Brian Leggett.

Memphis … Had only three solo tackles, but two were behind the line of scrimmage … Took down T.J. Pitts for a 1-yard loss in the first quarter and Joseph Doss for minus 2 yards early in the third quarter on running plays … Head to Head Competition-OG#69-Andy Smith.

Georgia … Managed just two solo tackles before he was forced to leave the game with a left hip pointer … Head to Head Competition-OG#67-Chester Adams.

Alabama … Still nursing his hip pointer injury, McBride was held to three tackles … One hit stopped Kenneth Darby for just a 1-yard gain on a first-&-goal run from the UT 8 late in the first quarter … Another stopped fullback LeRon McClain at the line of scrimmage, the UA 4, on a rushing attempt at the start of the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#61-B.J. Stabler.

South Carolina … Added three more tackles … Pressured QB Syvelle Newton into throwing an incomplete pass that was intended for Sidney Rice on a third-&-7 play midway through the third quarter, forcing SC to punt … Also stopped fullback Cody Boyd for no gain on an early fourth quarter running play … However, he was penalized twice; once for jumping offside late in the first quarter and again with 5:09 to play, when he was flagged for roughing a passer … Head to Head Competition-OG#69-Seth Edwards.

Louisiana State … Registered seven tackles (5 solos) … Deflected a third-&-4 pass thrown by QB JaMarcus Russell, forcing the Tigers to punt midway through the second quarter … Tackled Keiland Williams for a 1-yard loss on a mid third quarter rushing attempt … Head to Head Competition-OG#75-Brian Johnson.

Arkansas … Registered nine tackles (7 solos) … Caused a fumble when he stripped the ball from Felix Jones on a 6-yard run, as Jones recovered the ball, only to get tackled again by McBride at the UA 20 on the first series of the third quarter … Leveled Darren McFadden for a 4-yard loss on a third-&-12 run midway through the third quarter, forcing Arkansas to punt … Head to Head Competition-OG#61-Robert Felton.

Vanderbilt … Held to two assisted tackles … Stopped Earl Bennett for no gain on a rushing attempt four minutes into the game and took down QB Chris Nickson on a third-&-13 run that netted only 6 yards, forcing the Commodores to punt late in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#65-Mac Pyle.

Kentucky … Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after McBride totaled eight tackles (6 solos) with two pressures and a stop behind the line of scrimmage … Made a tackle on the game's first three plays from scrimmage, but was then flagged for jumping offside later in the first quarter … On a third quarter drive five minutes into that frame, McBride twice pressured QB Andre' Woodson, including one on a third-&-10 play that forced the Wildcats to punt … Tackled tailback Rafael Little for a 1-yard loss on a fourth-&-2 run early in the fourth quarter, killing a 6-play, 51-yard drive … Head to Head Competition-OG#60-Trai Williams.

Penn State (Outback Bowl) … Closed out his career with three tackles, including one that stopped Tony Hunt for a 4-yard loss on a second-&-5 run from the UT 8 at the start of the second quarter … Earlier in the game, on the bowl's fifth play from scrimmage, McBride took Tony Hunt down for no gain on a rushing attempt … Was penalized for roughing the passer with 1:15 left in the first half … Head to Head Competition-OG#64-Rich Ohrnberger.

2005 Season

Played in nine games as a reserve defensive tackle … Suffered a high ankle sprain in the season's third game vs. Florida, sitting out the following week vs. Mississippi … The injury would linger throughout the season, as he eventually had to sit out a mid November meeting vs. Memphis … Finished with 16 tackles (9 solos), 2.5 sacks for minus 21 yards and 3.5 stops for losses of 22 yards … Also credited with three quarterback pressures.

2005 Game Analysis

Alabama-Birmingham … Opened the season with five tackles (3 solos) and a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Florida … Assisted in sacking QB Chris Leak for a 6-yard loss and delivered three tackles.

Alabama … Collected three tackles (2 assists).

Vanderbilt … Had two tackles and one pressure.

Kentucky … Sacked QB Andre' Woodson twice for losses totaling 18 yards, adding two solo tackles and a pair of pressures.

2004 Season

Played in all 13 games, starting vs. Georgia at left defensive end, vs. Alabama and Vanderbilt at left tackle and vs. Auburn at right tackle … Recorded 36 tackles (22 solos) with three sacks for minus 13 yards and eight stops for losses of 24 yards … Credited with six quarterback pressures and deflected one pass … Recovered and caused two fumbles.

2004 Game Analysis

Posted nine tackles with two stops for losses vs. Auburn … In his first career start, McBride totaled seven tackles vs. Alabama, breaking through the line of scrimmage on the game's second play to cause a fumble that Tennessee recovered for a touchdown … Added two tackles with a pair of pressures and caused a fumble vs. Auburn in the SEC Championship Game … Recovered one of Texas A&M's four fumbles in the Cotton Bowl.

2003 Season

Appeared briefly in eight games as a reserve right defensive end … Recorded one assisted tackle and deflected one pass vs. Vanderbilt.

Injury Report

2005: Suffered a high ankle sprain vs. Louisiana State (9/26), sitting out the following week vs. Mississippi … The injury lingered all year and it eventually forced him to sit out the Memphis (11/12) game.

2006: Left the Georgia game (10/07) in the first half with a left hip pointer.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.96 in the 40-yard dash … 460-pound bench press … 515-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 31-inch vertical jump … 32-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands.

High School

Attended Woodrow Wilson (Camden, N.J.) High School, playing football for his uncle, head coach Mike McBride … Parade and Super Prep All-American … Earned All-State, All-Area, All-Group III, All-Conference and All-South Jersey accolades … Rated the fifth-best overall prospect in the state of New Jersey by Super Prep … Four-year starter as a receiver and started his final two seasons as a defensive end … Recorded 67 tackles, four fumble recoveries, four caused fumbles, one interception and four blocked punts as a senior … Set a school single-season record with 16 sacks that year after totaling 13 his junior year … The previous season, he totaled 60 tackles to go with three fumble recoveries, four blocked field goals and two fumble returns for scores … On offense that season, had 24 catches for 486 yards and nine touchdowns … Lettered in track, competing in the shot put and discus while also running in the 100 meters.

Personal

Sociology major, enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences … Uncle, Mike McBride, coached Turk during his football days at Woodrow Wilson High School … Born Claude Maurice McBride on 5/30/85 … Resides in Camden, New Jersey.

 
 
 

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