D.K. Metcalf became a viral sensation early in the NFL Draft process as non-Ole Miss fans learned about the 6’3, 228 pound physical specimen that has become the most talked about wide receiver in the 2019 draft class.
Metcalf’s legend for those not well-versed in Ole Miss football began with a photo in a gym and grew further when he lit up the combine, running a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash, posting a 40.5 inch vertical, benched 225 pounds 27 times, and showed off an 11’2 broad jump.
The measurables (a favorite term for NFL Draft analysis) are all there for Metcalf, but the discussion about his physical abilities quickly turned into questions about why that didn’t always translate at the college level into production while in Oxford.
The talented receiver was third on Ole Miss in receiving yards at 569 and fourth in receptions with just 26, although his absurd 21.88 yards per reception was tops, unsurprisingly. Metcalf was often asked to take the top off the defense thanks to his ridiculous combination of size and speed, but his overall production lagged behind A.J. Brown and DaMarkus Lodge, leading to questions about why such a spectacular athlete could post such pedestrian numbers at times at the college level.
Those questions won’t be able to be answered by Metcalf in earnest until he hits the field for someone this fall, but he’s willing to discuss them right now. Metcalf spoke with Uproxx Sports on Monday prior to the upcoming NFL Draft on behalf of Panini, where he was getting photos done for his Instant Card that will release online once he’s drafted. The potential first-round pick discussed the draft process, teams asking him about route-running, what he learned in Ole Miss’ uber-talented receiver room, and the NFL stars he looks to model his game after.
What’s this process been like the last few months for you in getting ready for the Draft, with meeting with teams and the Combine? What has the experience been like, and have there been any surprises in the process?
This experience has been great, cause I’ve never gotten to travel the U.S. like I’ve been doing. So I’m just taking it all in and enjoying every moment.