D.K. Metcalf is easily the most polarizing receiver in this year’s draft and it’s not hard to see why. At 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, the dude is built like a linebacker. I don’t need to reference his Hulk workout picture since by this point I’m sure you’ve seen it so many times that you can’t hear the name “D.K. Metcalf” without the image instantly popping into your head. The dude is yoked. Add to that a blazing 4.33 40-yard-dash and a 40.5 inch vertical and you’re talking about one of the most physically gifted receivers since Calvin Johnson set the combine on fire and burned the ashes.
That being said, Tom Brady is more agile than Metcalf. You think I’m kidding but I’m not. Metcalf’s three cone drill clocked in at 7.38 seconds and his shuttle was 4.5. Brady: 7.2 three cone and a 4.38 shuttle. So Metcalf is the greatest athlete on this blue green marble as long as he doesn’t change direction. Cool. That makes sense.
But don’t let that one physical limitation delude you into thinking that Metcalf won’t be able to play in the NFL or he’ll somehow be hampered upon entering the league. Brett Kollmann did an excellent job explaining how Metcalf’s speed but lack of agility can still be deadly in the NFL and why teams would be stupid to pass on him:
Obviously the receiver position is more than just running fast in a straight line, despite what DeSean Jackson might say. Metcalf does a great job using his frame and speed to create late catch separation from his defender, but has a tendency to lose focus and is prone to mental drops. He’s by no means a polished route runner and still has plenty of development before he’ll be considered a top receiver in the league. Still, he has a ton of potential to work with and in the right system, Metcalf could quickly develop into one of the premier deep threats in the game. I wouldn’t expect him to be a monster his rookie year, but don’t be surprised if in three years we’re talking about him as one of the top 10 receivers in the league.
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Best fantasy fits
- Buffalo Bills: Metcalf can run fast and Josh Allen can throw far. Seems like a perfect match. Getting Allen a potential number one receiver to grow and develop with would be huge for the Bills. Think Andy Dalton and A.J. Green or Derek Carr and Amari Cooper before Jon Gruden took over the team and Amari Cooper decided, eh I’m not a fan anymore. Plus, we all know Allen likes to throw over the heads of his receivers, will be pretty hard for him to do that to a 6-foot-3 guy with a 40 inch vertical.
- Green Bay Packers: I mean, the Packers are picking in the top 12 and need a receiver. Could anything be more perfect? Honestly, I think they’d go tight end before receiver but pairing Metcalf with Davante Adams and of course Aaron Rodgers is too good to pass up.
- Indianapolis Colts: I’m not sold Metcalf will make it all the way down to the Colts’ pick buuuuuuuuuuut this is by far and away my favorite landing spot for him. The Colts have T.Y. Hilton and that’s it at receiver and pairing him with Metcalf would help both guys reach their fullest fantasy potential. It would allow Hilton to play all over the field while putting a legit deep threat on the boundary to stretch the defense. Oh, and Andrew Luck is pretty dang good.
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