D.K. Metcalf – Ole Miss University, Wide Receiver
6’3″ 228 Pounds
Classification: Redshirt Sophomore (Junior)
High School: Oxford High School, Oxford, MS
2018 Stats – 26 catches 569 yards 5 touchdowns, 21.9 yards per catch
2017 Stats – 39 catches 646 yards 7 touchdowns, 16.6 yards per catch
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D.K. Metcalf is THE big time Wide Receiver prospect in this draft class. Standing at about 6’3”, 230 lbs, Metcalf ran a blazing 4.33 40 yard dash at the NFL combine. That rare combination of size and speed does not come around often. This Receiver has the God-given ability to be a game breaker in the league. The major concerns with Metcalf are centered around his route running ability and injury history. Despite doing well in the 40 yard dash, broad jump and bench press, Metcalf struggled with low times in the short shuttle and 3-Cone drills at the Combine. The latter drills tend to reflect quickness and the ability to change direction sharply. Metcalf showed significant improvement on his short shuttle and 3-cone drill at his Pro-Day, but there are still plenty of question marks concerning his quickness. When you turn on the tape, the deep threat ability is unmatched. Metcalf averaged a superb 21.9 yards per catch in his 2018 season. This man was a walking highlight reel on the collegiate level. Metcalf is a very interesting prospect with as much upside as any player in this draft. The boom or bust risk can be a dream or a nightmare for respective GM’s. Who’s going to take the chance on this Ole Miss product?
Metcalf has superstar written all over him. Players like him do not come around often. He stretches the field vertically, is strong enough to complete catches over the middle, and shows excellent ‘run after the catch’ ability on screen plays. He utilizes his size well and is not afraid of contact. Metcalf also showed great effort and technique as a blocker which matters in the NFL. If he can stay healthy and find a way to develop as a route runner, he will be a problem for any DB he lines up against. My biggest issue with Metcalf is the occasional mental lapse that I catch on film. He struggles with drops on routine (easier) catches, at times. There are also plays where he doesn’t keep his feet in-bounds to complete catches near the sideline. Metcalf’s route running is concerning as well. Wide Receivers as big and strong as Metcalf tend to have trouble sinking their hips to explode in and out of cuts. Hip flexibility is a crucial aspect of football, and especially important for receivers. The truly dominant Wide Receivers find a way to make it work, and Metcalf will have to be thorough in his commitment to becoming a proficient route runner at the next level. Another area that could improve for Metcalf is with his releases off the line of scrimmage. He has some releases that are fantastic while others are subpar. The injury concerns may be a bit overblown in my opinion. He suffered from two big injuries, opposed to multiple recurring injuries. Metcalf suffered a foot injury his freshman year that led to his redshirt after just two games. The star WR was healthy for all of the 2017 season and played in every game. His play was tremendous for his 7 games in 2018, until a neck strain cut his season short. From a coaching perspective, I would be drafting Metcalf as an offensive weapon and deep threat opposed to a true Number 1 receiver. If Metcalf clicks on the outside and can run the entire route tree? Great. If he can’t, you could still be looking at a big play target, deep down the field. I think he will find his stride at Wide Receiver, but teams looking for an opening day starter on the outside should be VERY careful. Metcalf could go anywhere from pick 7, to pick 25 in this year’s NFL Draft.