By Bryan Garfield
At 6’3, 228 lbs. with blazing 4.33 speed, DK Metcalf is the closest living thing to superman.
Metcalf, who played college football at Ole Miss, rose to stardom at the NFL’s draft combine. There, Metcalf blew scouts and fans away, putting on a show by running a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, reaching a 40.5-inch vertical jump and doing 27 reps on the bench press. These are numbers that football fans rarely see from somebody of Metcalf’s size.
“Not only does he dominate on tape, but this athlete also wows with a shocking 4.33-second run in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine,” said Matt Miller of Bleacher Report in his article “How Did NFL Teams Miss and Let DK Metcalf Fall in the Draft.”
After his performance at the combine, scouts thought Metcalf might have been too good to be true. He ended up slipping to the 64th pick, where the Seattle Seahawks selected him.
Some scouts believed he needed to polish up his game.
“While he has the talent to become a full-field threat, Metcalf is still an unpolished gem [who] was the second-best receiver on his college team,” said NFL scout Lance Zierlein in his analysis of Metcalf.
Yet, Metcalf proved his skeptics wrong by being an instant success with the Seahawks. In his rookie year, he totaled 900 yards and seven TDs. Then, in his second year with the Seahawks, he had 1,303 receiving yards and 10 TDs.
Metcalf has only gotten scarier for opposing defenders as he continues to gain respect from his teammates.
“He’s [Metcalf] got the most talent in the world,” said Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during an interview with Mike Destefano of Complex.com. “He’s got the attitude; he’s got the focus and I think that he’s got all the ability to be able to do what he wants to do.”
As a man that Matt Miller once called “the unicorn prospect,” Metcalf is on a mission to make the 31 other NFL teams that passed on him wish they hadn’t.