D.K. Metcalf was the hit of the Combine, yet he slid into the deep second round because teams were not impressed by his receiving acumen.
The Seahawks saw him sitting there at 64 and decided to jump up from 77 to take him (it cost them one of their four fourth-rounders).
Through tears, on the phone, Metcalf hilariously asked Pete Carroll: “Why y’all wait this long, man?”
Metcalf was a workout warrior at the Combine, drawing raves for his 4.33 40, 27 bench reps, 40.5-inch vertical and 134-inch broad jump. But he is considered a raw receiver and also has a significant injury history — missing much of 2016 with a broken foot and half the 2018 season with a neck injury that required surgery.
He told Seattle reporters: “My life has changed by people noticing what I’ve been able to do with my body. … It’s time for me to show what I can do as a football player.”
Maybe the coolest thing about Metcalf is his NFL bloodlines: Terry, Eric and his dad.
If the Seahawks are hoping he will be able to step in for Doug Baldwin, who appears set to retire, they are probably dreaming. Metcalf seems likely to need a year or two to get it going, like Golden Tate did in Pete Carroll’s early years. If he wanted an immediate contributor, John Schneider probably should have drafted Metcalf’s Mississippi teammate, A.J. Brown.
Aaron Hineline, Seahawks Southwest scout, said: “D.K. fits the mold of smart, tough and reliable. He obviously has a great pedigree and is a freak of an athlete. He’ll be a great fit with all that we ask of our guys at that position. He blocks well and can contribute on special teams.”
Here are some scouting reports on Metcalf:
Lance Zierlein: “Big, explosive talent with projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1. Teams seek out pass-catchers with rare height, weight and speed dimensions and Metcalf has those for days. While he has the talent to become a full-field threat, Metcalf is still an unpolished gem who was the second-best receiver on his college team. Until his skill-set is more developed, he could begin his career as a hit-or-miss long-ball threat. However, once it clicks, defenses could struggle to find solutions for him.”
Tony Pauline: “Metcalf is a physical specimen and a tremendous athlete but is very raw at the receiver position. He beats down opponents with size, strength and athleticism but must develop into a receiver to be successful at the next level. Metcalf has incredible potential but needs proper coaching and must show no ill effects from his neck injury.”