- AProjectionRound 1
- YearRS Sophomore
- Hand9 ⅞
- Arm34 ⅞
Strong Points: Great size and length. Big hands. Exceptional athlete with outstanding speed. Smooth with very good body control. Easily defeats jam. Very quick release. Gets in and out of cuts with ease. Very good hands -- snatches the ball. Get him in the open field and he's gone. Good blocker. Competitive and physical. Instant accelerator.
Weak Points: Suffered a serious neck injury in Game Seven that required season-ending surgery. Very raw route runner and had a limited route tree at Ole Miss. Limited experience after not playing much as a freshman.
The Way We See It: The son of Ole Miss product and former Chicago Bears OT Terrence Metcalf, D.K. has rare size and exceptional speed and overall athleticism. He makes things look easy on the football field because of his size, hands and athleticism. His big hands and imposing length allows Metcalf to play even bigger and taller than his size. He is very difficult to cover one on one. As great as his natural talent is, Metcalf remains raw. He missed five games last season after not playing much as a true freshman. His route tree at Ole Miss was limited, so it will take him some time to make the adjustment to the NFL. He easily has high first-round talent, but his medical will tell the story. Might be a role player as a rookie, but once he adjusts, watch out. Metcalf will be a big-play receiver in the NFL. Players with his natural talent don't come along regularly.
Arthur Arkush: Metcalf is the WR1 prototype, a freakish blend of size, speed and overall athleticism, and a home run waiting to happen. He has strong hands and ball skills to track vertically and win in traffic. He clearly has dangerous short-area suddenness in addition to long speed and flashes big-time separation quickness to win off the line. But Metcalf's route running is still unrefined, largely because he wasn't asked to do much with the Rebels, lining up almost exclusively on the left side and mostly deploying as a deep threat. Metcalf has an unlimited ceiling, but it'll take time before he's a finished product.
Best Fit: Raiders, Jaguars, Bills, Washington, Colts
Red Flags: Season-ending injuries in 2016 (foot) and 2018 (neck)
NFL Comp: Josh Gordon