D.K. (or DeKaylin as his mother calls him) Metcalf is the DEFINITION of a physical freak, as he has mesmerized scouts, teams, and fans during his pre-draft workouts and performance at the NFL Combine. Metcalf is the best receiver available in the 2019 draft, and on many mocks, he’s projected to fall to the early teens which is right where Green Bay is. With the free-agent departure of Randall Cobb and a mediocre offense last season, its no secret the Packers need some offensive weapons and an upgrade at receiver opposite of Davante Adams. With the new offensively minded head coach, Matt LaFleur running the show, it would be really tough to pass up on one of the best, Metcalf, if he’s still available at 12.
Like I said before and like everyone already knows, Metcalf is a physical specimen. In college he was listed as 6-4 and 230 Ibs, and in recent photos he has arms that rival the 24-inch pythons of Hulk Hogan. He placed top-5 for receivers in every Combine drill except for the 3-cone drill, and that includes vertical jump and the 40-yard dash, drills everyone thought he would be lower due to his size. In 21 games in 3 years at Ole Miss, Metcalf had over 1,200 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns. He has the size, speed, and elite top-end speed that makes him a serious deep threat, and thanks to his physical tools, he can work all three levels of the field. His physical size and speed make it hard for defenses to get away with single coverage because he takes the top off, can box out defenders, and has the hands to make spectacular catches. He is Josh Gordon without the baggage, and with extremely rare physical attributes for a receiver.
The biggest question mark and red flag DK Metcalf has is experience and his injury history. He’s leaving Ole Miss as a redshirt sophomore, and two of his three seasons ended in injury (missed final six games of 2018 with a neck injury and broke his foot early in the 2016 season). Photos and footage of him at the combine show him in tip-top shape, so he could just be very unlucky, but only playing 21 games in 3 seasons is a cause for concern. Also, many scouts are saying he still has many aspects of his game that still need polishing, which isn’t uncommon, no prospect is perfect. A big skill set is his catch consistency, as he needs to catch more with his body, and his route stems could be more diverse. Both these things are coachable, especially with Rodgers throwing the ball.
When Will He Be Drafted
Metcalf is expected to go in the early to middle teens which is where the Packers are picking at 12. With the acquisition of some pass rushers in free agency, the need of picking one in the draft at 12 isn’t that heavy, so they could be heavily considering offense. But if a Rashan Gary or Ed Oliver is still around, it’ll be hard for Green Bay to pass up on.
How He Will Fit in Green Bay
Even though they have Valdez-Scantling and St. Brown, the Packers need a game changing receiver for Rodgers opposite of Adams, especially with Cobb leaving. Metcalf won’t be that in his rookie season, but he can still be utilized as a deep threat which is something the Packers have been heavily lacking for years. Metcalf is a rookie starter prospect, and beyond, he can be a deadly pro-bowl caliber receiver for years to come.