D.K. Metcalf had one of the tremendous displays of athleticism during the 2019 NFL combine. Immediately, Metcalf improved his draft stock and seems to be a lock to go in the first-round. However, there is going to be backlash from Metcalf’s detractors because they are looking to find a flaw in his game.
From the moment Metcalf stepped on the Ole Miss Rebels’ campus, he became a deep threat. He was supposed to be part of a strong unit on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately, recruiting violations and coaching changes really damaged the momentum the Rebels were building. Furthermore, Metcalf even lost the starting quarterback in a transfer to the Michigan Wolverines.
Yet, Metcalf stayed true to his hometown. In reality, only injuries stopped Metcalf from becoming one of the best wide receivers in college football last season. Overall, he has appeared in 21 games. Although he played in 12 games during his sophomore season, Metcalf returned for his junior year to contribute in seven contests.
Therefore, detractors will look and wonder how an NFL team can waste a first-round pick on a receiver that produced 569 yards last season. However, the reality is Metcalf averaged 81 receiving yards per game. If he was healthy for a full season, it’s likely Metcalf surpasses the 1,000 receiving yard mark easily. All of a sudden, everybody would be fawning all over him. Keep in mind, he averaged 21.9 yards per reception last season.
Yes, that 4.33 speed is legitimate and translates to the football field. He also produced a 40.5 inch vertical leap. As a result, Metcalf is not only an immediate deep threat, he will be able to high point the football with the best receivers in the NFL. Moreover, Metcalf is a physical wide receiver. He came into the combine at 6’3 ⅜ and 228 pounds. Meaning, Metcalf can become a possession receiver, red zone target and a deep threat all in one. He will be able to dominate the middle of the field. Furthermore, Metcalf might even be in position to play tight end. That will be a problem for the defenders everywhere.
Metcalf caught 14 touchdown passes during his college career. He produced two 100-yard receiving games last season. Metcalf also had 92 receiving yards and one touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide. He only caught two passes in that game. Overall, Metcalf produced four 100-yard receiving games in college.
One other tidbit is the Rebels were (5-2) when Metcalf played his final game. They finished the season with a (5-7) record. In other words, Metcalf didn’t just become a physical anomaly at the NFL combine last week.