In the Seattle Seahawks 17-9 NFC Wildcard victory against the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle receiver D.K. Metcalf put on a show, posting a stat-line of 7-160-1. The Ole Miss product made play after play for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense, giving them the advantage they needed to go into Philadelphia, win, and continue their quest for another super bowl.
No one knows for sure how the Seahawks season will end, but the one thing people now know is that the NFL totally overthought the ability of Metcalf. Scouts and teams still viewed Metcalf highly throughout the draft process, but the fact that this guy lasted until pick number 64 is ludicrous.
Physically, Metcalf is a beast. He stands at 6’4″ and weighs in at 229 pounds. I know that doesn’t make a good receiver, but do you really expect a 5’11” cornerback to be able to cover a guy that size? It’s almost impossible.
Potential 1st-round WR D.K. Metcalf’s (far left) been in the weight room
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) February 11, 2019
And yes, his physical traits were never in question. Those popped up after the NFL combine, where Metcalf posted a 3-cone drill time slower than Tom Brady. You never want a receiver to be slower than Tom Brady in any area, but that was where Metcalf’s results put him; that still didn’t mean he was going to be a bad NFL receiver. He was only a 21-year-old at the time of draft. There was / is plenty of time to improve.
In 2019, only one receiver gained more yards on go and hitch routes than D.K. Metcalf
But this time, those two routes accounted for only 23.5% of Metcalf’s total receiving yards
— Scott Barrett (@ScottBarrettDFB) January 6, 2020
Is D.K. Metcalf’s three-cone time a concern? Yes.
Is his low production in college a concern? Yes.
Are his drops a concern? Yes.
Why do you like this pick, Sam? Pure upside and potential. No regrets spending a late 2nd on that. #Seahawks
— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) April 27, 2019
It just goes to so how much thinking goes into the NFL Draft process. There is so much that teams just completely overlook the fact that they have a freak of nature standing in front of them, ready to contribute immediately.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)
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