NAME: D.K. Metcalf
SCHOOL: Ole Miss
POSITION: Wide Receiver
CLASS: RS Sophomore
JERSEY: No. 14
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 225 lbs
PROS: Incredible size, height and wingspan for a wide receiver. Legit leaper, times his high-point efforts well and can sky over most corners. Might be fast period, is absolutely fast for his size. Consistently ran by Kevin Tolliver, Derrick Baity and Lonnie Johnson, 3 good SEC corners. Far more explosive than you’d expect for a 225-pound receiver, but also has the second gear to pull away down the field.
Exceptionally nuanced releases for a redshirt freshman. Elite at getting off press coverage, both in his hand usage and footwork. Accesses a number of different techniques and releases to keep himself clean off the line of scrimmage. Ability to vary speed in his releases creates early separation. Hip snap and attention to detail as a route runner are advanced for his age.
Flashes of ability to win jump balls is eye-popping (albeit inconsistent right now). Game-winner vs Kentucky was highlight reel stuff. Big mitts for hands. Very willing blocker who approaches his assignment with a nasty edge to his demeanor. Physicality won’t be an issue. Broke a couple tackles after catches and has the speed to be a home run threat. Chirps after the play.
CONS: Route tree is relatively simple, mostly linear patterns that rarely ask him to executed much in-breaking stuff. Can he create separation within his route breaks as easily as he does at the line of scrimmage? Almost always an X-receiver, rarely moved around or asked to do much after the catch. Almost a complete unknown as a space or open-field threat.
Given his size, length and athleticism, has to finish better in the air, especially in contested catch situations. Quarterbacking was poor at Ole Miss, but he had some 50-50 balls you would have liked to see him reel in. At times seemed unprepared for the ball and let it into his frame, resulting in a couple drops. Didn’t receive a ton of targets last season, so increased volume this year will help us learn more about him.