A physical and athletic marvel ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, D.K. Metcalf lived up to the hype as a Seattle Seahawks rookie.
Following the performances and numbers put up by the 6-foot-4, 230-pound standout, a look into the statistics leans toward brighter days ahead for Metcalf.
Part of a burgeoning crop of rookie wide receivers who hauled in impressive campaigns in 2019, Metcalf was joined by Washington's Terry McLaurin and Tennessee's A.J. Brown as first-season phenoms who each had 50-plus receptions and averaged 15-plus yards a catch.
Each of the last six rookie receivers to hit those marks had 1,000 yards receiving in their ensuing seasons, per NFL Research. Indeed, big things appear to be in store for Metcalf.
Metcalf's final numbers of 58 catches, 900 yards and seven touchdowns were each top three among rookies as this position. Now, he'll look to cast a larger problem for opposing defenses.
Receiving yards in second season after 50-plus catches, 15-plus YPC rookie year (last six instances)
Second Season Receiving Yards
PIT JuJu Smith-Schuster 2018 1,426
TB Mike Evans 2015 1,206
BUF Sammy Watkins 2015 1,047
HOU DeAndre Hopkins 2014 1,210
CLE Josh Gordon 2013 1,646
IND T.Y. Hilton 2013 1,083
He's already carved a bit of history as he shined in Seattle's NFC Wild Card Win over the host Eagles with a seven-catch, 160-yard, one-score performance. Those 160 yards stand as the best showing for a rookie receiver in the playoffs during the Super Bowl era and are the most for a postseason Seahawks affair for any wideout, rookie or not.
Prior to the Seahawks drafting him, Metcalf, looking every bit like a real-life action figure, turned in 27 reps on the bench press at the combine and then, despite his size, wowed some more with a 4.33 40-yard dash.
He proved not to just be a combine marvel, but a bona fide weapon at wideout for the consistently spectacular Russell Wilson.
A prevailing question for the Seahawks in 2020 is if Metcalf can take the next step in his second season, but just one year in, it's evident the big man in the Pacific Northwest doesn't take steps, he takes strides – and giant ones at that.