D.K. Metcalf

Mississippi
WR

Prospect Info

College
Mississippi
Hometown
Class
Oxford, Miss.
r-Sophomore
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
225 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

6.33
Should Become Instant Starter
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DeKaylin Zecharius "DK" Metcalf decided to leave Ole Miss after his redshirt sophomore season to follow in the footsteps of his father, (former Ole Miss guard Terrance), grandfather (St. Louis Cardinals running back Terry) and uncle (Pro Bowl returner Eric). His final campaign with his hometown Rebels started off fine, catching 26 passes for 569 yards (21.9 average) and five scores in seven starts. However, he missed the rest of the season with a neck injury. Metcalf had already showed scouts quite a bit in those seven starts as well as in the 2017 season. He was a SEC All-Freshman pick that year, starting all 12 games and grabbing 39 passes for 646 yards (16.6 average) and seven touchdowns. Metcalf had intended on playing his true freshman season in 2016, but the four-star recruit broke his foot in the second game of the year. His two catches in those games went for only 13 yards but both were touchdowns. The injury bug hit him again in 2018, as he suffered a season-ending neck injury after looking like a superstar in the first seven games of the season (26-569-21.9, five TD).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
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Overview
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.
Strengths
  • Uncommon, but highly coveted height, weight and speed traits
  • Quick-twitch athlete with loose hips to carry him quickly in and out of his breaks
  • Has blend of physical tools to work all three levels of the field
  • Light feet to stutter and trigger an explosive release up the field
  • Can wipe out coverage cushions with top-end speed that takes the top off
  • Very risky to press without a back-end safety net
  • Hauled in multiple one-handed circus catches in 2018
  • Consistently creates late-catch space with subtle hand usage
  • Menacing separation potential once he learns to play to his speed
  • Effective use of size to cinch-up and wall off defenders as perimeter blocker
  • Should take big leap forward with expanded route tree and coaching to go with it
Weaknesses
  • Should rely on footwork and body positioning over arm-extension to clear the top of his route
  • Rushes through pattern ingredients rather than developing their flavors as a route chef
  • Gears it down a little when turning to locate the deep ball
  • Fails to sell route fakes to manipulate his opponent
  • Breaks and stems aren't as sharp as they could be
  • Had separate season-ending injuries in 2016 (foot) and 2018 (neck)
  • Suffered focus drops when working back to the ball
  • Drop rate too high over last two seasons
  • Needs better positioning of his big frame to block out defenders on comebacks

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league