The Seattle Seahawks selected receiver DK Metcalf out Ole’ Miss (Mississippi) in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. There are concerns about his agility as he posted a shuttle cone result that was worse than quarterback Tom Brady’s. A general rule of thumb is that a receiver should have the agility to be a success. The main criticism Metcalf faces is his terrible route running ability. There are also concerns regarding his injury history as he suffered two season-ending injuries in 2016 and 2018.
Why will Metcalf be so good? Receivers have to be excellent route runners and stay healthy. Metcalf’s speed and deep route running ability will be the reasons why he will be an instant success as the Seahawks depend on throwing the ball deep. Quarterback Russell Wilson thrives with receivers like can beat defenders deep. As long at Metcalf doesn’t lose focus on routine receptions, he should do great.
Fans should look at Metcalf’s average yards per reception before making any conclusions. Although the health concerns are there along with the many dropped passes, Metcalf averaged 16.6 and 21.9 yards per reception in the 2017 and 2018 seasons at Ole Miss.
Wilson praised Metcalf’s football IQ. He also mentioned that Metcalf takes coaching very well. Wilson said Metcalf is everything the Seahawks want him to be. It’s also important to remember Metcalf’s size. He may be able to plow through defenders much like a running back. Endurance and health will be vital to Metcalf’s success as he could risk another major injury by fighting for more yards as he expected to do.
It seems obvious that everyone can get caught up looking at the blemishes rather than thinking Metcalf as a system fit and an intriguing developing receiver. This should get Seahawks fans very energized this year. Metcalf could emerge as the frontrunner to be NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year.