D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Prospects are graded on a 1-4 scale. 1=below average, 2=average, 3=excellent, 4=elite.
-Elite straight line speed
-Frame is perfect for an outside target
-Has the ability to go up and get the ball
-Big catch radius
-Runs through press coverage with his elite speed and good hand usage
-Footwork off of the line of scrimmage is excellent
-Not a good route runner
-Vast majority of routes in college were ran on a vertical plane
-Hands were inconsistent
-Lacked production in college
-Had a severe neck injury
Metcalf is one of the more fascinating receiver prospects in recent memory. On the one hand, he is an elite level athlete who’s measurables should have NFL GMs drooling. But, his lack of productivity combined with his lack of a polished skill set screams “project” rather than a finished product such as a Julio Jones. His speed and his burst are obviously a 4; a 4.33 is obviously elite, especially for a guy who is 6 feet 3 inches and 235 lbs. His athleticism is a 3; he has elite speed and leaping ability, but his 3 cone time was in the bottom three for wide receivers, and his hips are quite slow. His hands are 2; he experienced too many drops in college. His ability to create separation is a 4; he runs through press coverage and he has elite hand skills and footwork off of the line of scrimmage. His route running ability is a 2; his route tree was limited to routes on a vertical plane in college, he struggled with in-breaking routes and did not run the route tree of a true number one receiver. His blocking skills are a 3; his size allows him to overpower corners, but he could also stand to improve his effort in this area.
When all of his strengths and weaknesses are evaluated, Metcalf is an average football player who happens to be a true freak of nature. He is very raw and unpolished but has all of the talent in the world, and is capable of maturing into a legitimate number one receiver in the NFL. His lack of production in college is very concerning, but a lot of people are willing to look past that due to his physical traits. With the lack of a receiver that checks every box, Metcalf has ascended to the consensus top receiver and he will likely be a top-15 pick in the 2019 NFL draft. I would compare Metcalf to a player like Kevin White. White was more productive in college, but his measurables were very similar.
Overall Prospect Grade: 3
Potential NFL Suitors: New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills