Wide receiver | Mississippi | Redshirt sophomore
Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 228 pounds
2018: Started Mississippi’s first seven games before suffering a season-ending neck injury in mid-October; recorded 26 catches for 569 yards and five touchdowns; was named Preseason Second-Team All-SEC by Phil Steele
Career: Played in 21 total collegiate games; had 67 catches for 1,228 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns; had his best season as a redshirt freshman in 2017 when he had 39 receptions for 646 yards and seven touchdowns; named to the 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team; played two games and caught two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2016 before a broken foot ended his season
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Summary: Metcalf was one of the biggest stars of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. He came in as one of the biggest players at his position, but was also one of the fastest as he cruised a time of 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash, tying for third among receivers. His 27 reps of 225 pounds tied for the most in 2019 among the position group. Metcalf does have some health concerns, as he missed the final five games of the 2018 season with a neck injury. He also broke his foot two games into his true freshman season. When healthy, however, Metcalf has proven himself as one of the top wide receivers in this draft class.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote that Metcalf is a “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.”
Metcalf’s full scouting report on NFL.com can be found here.
Stacking up (before the combine): Draft analyst Dane Brugler, who writes for The Athletic, has Metcalf as the top-ranked prospect at the position. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks ranked Metcalf as the No. 3 overall wide receiver. Daniel Jeremiah ranked Metcalf as the 16th overall player in his list of the top 50 prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Family affair: Metcalf’s father, Terrence, played 78 career games at guard for the Bears, while his grandfather, Terry, was a running back/kick returner for six seasons. D.K.’s uncle, Eric, was a Pro Bowl return specialist who had 10 career punt returns for scores.