THUMBS UP DK Metcalf WR, Ole Miss Seattle Seahawks Round 2, Pick 32 • Nobody had as much internet hype in this year’s draft class than Metcalf, which is why I was saying for so long that he was overrated. People were projecting him as a top 10 pick, ranking him as their WR1, and so on, but I wasn’t buying it. Having said that, I still had Metcalf ranked as my WR3 before the draft, so it wasn’t that I didn’t like him, I just didn’t agree with other people’s evaluations. I wasn’t surprised when he fell out of the 1st Round, but I didn’t expect him to go all the way at the end of the 2nd as the 8th WR off the board. • As you all probably know, Metcalf is an absolute specimen. At 6’4” 225 lbs he ran a 4.33, which ranks in the 99th percentile of Size-Adjusted Speed. The only guy with a better Size-Adjusted Speed Score than that is Calvin Johnson. Metcalf has the best release in the class. He ran a ton of go routes at Ole Miss, and proved that he’s more than capable of beating the defense deep and winning in contested areas. His success deep is exemplified by his 21.7 College YPR that ranks in the 95th percentile. He has strong hands and a huge, 91st percentile Catch Radius as well. • Metcalf has multiple question marks on his profile though, which is why he fell in the draft. He’s suffered two season ending injuries (foot, neck) in the past, so his durability is a concern. Because of his limited game time due to injury, his raw production leaves a lot to be desired, as he never eclipsed 650 yards in a season. On film, his route running isn’t great and his 4th percentile Agility Score indicates that his route tree will always be limited. • Metcalf is a classic boom-bust prospect with great physical tools. His ability to win deep pairs with Russell Wilson’s play style perfectly, as Wilson is one of the best deep ball passers in the NFL. We just saw Tyler Lockett and Wilson connect with a perfect 158.3 Passer Rating in 2018, and with talks that Lockett could move into the slot, Metcalf could replace him in that role. There weren’t many better fits for Metcalf’s skill-set than Seattle, and getting him at the end of the 2nd was great value. Love the pick.