Born: June 30th, 1997 (22 years old)
Weight: 240 Lbs
Position: Wide Receiver
University: Ole Miss
The Metcalf family is familiar with the NFL and now comes the latest generation. One part of the deadly NWO trio at Ole Miss, D.K Metcalf, was a 4 star recruit out of Ole Miss’ backyard in Oxford, Mississippi. The 4 star was able to get playing time as a freshman, but had to end his season early due to a broken foot after just 2 games. He was awarded a medical redshirt for his freshman season, then burst back onto the field with 39 catches, 646 yards, and 7 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman the following season. D.K. would continue showing growth as he caught 26 catches for 569 yards, 21.6 yards a catch and 5 touchdowns in just his first 7 games. Unfortunately, Metcalf would suffer another setback, this one coming in the form of a season ending neck injury. DeKaylin chose to forgo his NCAA career after just his redshirt sophomore year, and I can’t blame him. I would love to see a full season of him at Ole Miss, but his talents are too good to risk at the NCAA level.
Strengths & Weaknesses
D.K. is a freak athlete that could possibly run a 4.3 while standing at 6’4, 230 Lbs. He is a willing run blocker on the outside. Don’t expect a pancake block, but he can hold a guy for 3 or 4 seconds for the play to develop. Normally he has the advantage in 50/50 jump balls just due to his height, but his vertical ability puts his catch radius in borderline elite range. I have seen him make some of the best contested catches in college football the past two seasons.
The reasons keeping him from my 1st wide receiver spot are his injury red flags. He suffered a broken foot his freshman season and then suffered a season ending neck injury 7 games into his junior year. He isn’t as refined as others in the class when it comes to route running. I see him doing a lot of dancing at the line before a streak, and a few screens, but I haven’t seen crisp intermediate routes from him.
NFL Draft Projection/NFL Comp
NFL Draft Projection
There are a lot of teams that would benefit from a guy like Metcalf on the field, but I don’t think he will be called until picks 17-24. The Browns could hook up Mayfield big time with this selection, but I really like him in Tennessee. With the 19th pick, the Titans could select not only someone to take the pressure off Corey Davis, but also a freak athlete that will leave no more excuses for Mariota.
Every time I watch his film it makes me happy because he reminds me so much of one of my favorite players. He has the freakish ability to be like Josh Gordon. Even better, he has no off the field red flags. D.K. is a walking mismatch, and if he flashes the speed I believe he has at the combine, I don’t see him ever being truly covered.