D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi #14

6026, 230, 4.47

Notes: From Oxford, MS. Full name is DeKaylin Zecharius Metcalf. His father, Terrence Metcalf, played at Ole Miss and was an offensive lineman with the Bears in the NFL from 2002-08. Played in 2 games as a true freshman, catching 2 passes for 13 yards and 2 touchdowns, but broke his foot and missed the last 10 games of the 2016 season; awarded a medical redshirt year. Played in and started all 12 games, catching 39-646-7, with a long gain of 71 yards, in 2017.

Positives: Athletic, big-bodied receiver with rare combination of size and speed. Creates a physical mismatch for most cornerbacks. Excellent hands and concentration. Naturally adjusts to the ball in flight. Open even when he appears to be covered. Can catch over the middle but also sneak deep. Gliding deep speed. Wins most contested catches. Breaks tackles and picks up yards after the catch.

Negatives: Lacks elite explosiveness and acceleration. Struggles to gain separation at times. Needs to watch his weight and not get too heavy and lose quickness and speed. Doesn't run a wide variety of routes at this point. Could use continued technical refinement.

Summary: Natural talent who can be very good at the next level as long as he works hard and remains focused on being great. Has Josh Gordon-type ability with big upside with some time to develop.

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