DK Metcalf: a real life Superman

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Metcalf (right) is seen flexing with his teammate AJ Brown (left). Both wide receivers are showing out in the NFL in their second seasons.

William Himelhoch, Staff Writer

DeKaylin Zecharius “DK” Metcalf was born December 14, 1997, in Oxford Mississippi. Metcalf is the son of former NFL and collegiate athlete Terrence Metcalf, who played for Ole Miss and went on to play seven years in the NFL. DK was bound for football from the start and began showing his athletic talent at his local high school in Oxford. DK did not yet gain national attention, but he earned enough to get into Ole Miss, his dream college. Metcalf was able to follow in his father’s footsteps with this decision.

By the time DK entered college, he was already 6’4 and pushing more than 200 pounds. He would enter the draft at the same height but 30 pounds heavier. He was already a problem for cornerbacks from the start because of his immense frame and his surprising speed. Metcalf enjoyed three years at Ole Miss, producing a total of 1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns in three seasons. It was here when Metcalf began to receive national attention because of his freakish nature.

Metcalf did miss his junior season because of an injury, yet still played three full seasons because of a medical redshirt in 2016. Metcalf suffered an early neck injury in the season that lost him his junior year and almost cost him his career. After his injury, Metcalf was forced to take off the season and decided to declare for the draft.

Metcalf was known as a big play receiver who would bully defenders with his insane long ball capabilities. A lot of scouts liked this about him but worried about his ability to handle tougher NFL corners and how well he could run routes cleanly. Most of Metcalf’s touchdowns in Ole Miss were the result of long bombs where DK beat the defender with pure speed.

DK declared for the draft after his junior season and was already on the eyes of many. He had a lot of weight on his shoulders going into the NFL combine and big things were expected out of the star wide receiver. Metcalf was only cleared for his combine run a few months prior after his bad neck injury a year before. Despite this, Metcalf was still able to compete in the combine and shatter already high expectations.

Weighing in at near 230 and with a height of 6’4, Metcalf entered the combine with all eyes on him. Metcalf exploded into the national spotlight with an insane 40-yard dash time of 4.33, a vertical of 40.5 inches, and a broad jump of 134 inches. So why did he drop so far into the draft, all the way to the 64th overall pick, after initially being projected in top 10? His three cone and shuttle drills. It was just recently released that during his three-cone drill and shuttle, Metcalf was still dealing with his bad neck injury. Metcalf’s three cone drill was 7.38 seconds (slower than Tom Brady’s), and his shuttle was 4.5 seconds. Both disappointing numbers for him.

These numbers and the lack of trust in his route running abilities caused him to drop off teams lists, and all the way to the 64th pick of the Seattle Seahawks. But this pick ended up being a dream for the Seahawks team and fans. Metcalf is currently in his second year and is only improving.  Metcalf already has 1,716 yards and 15 touchdowns in two seasons. Metcalf proved all doubters wrong (including Alexander Kajda and Ryan Wadsworth) and is now establishing himself as a top wide receiver in the NFL.

 

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