The Combine star has a new home.
The Seattle Seahawks selected Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf with the 64th overall pick in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night. Many believed Metcalf would become the 7th Rebel taken in the first round in the past 11 drafts, but he slid a bit farther than expected.
Still, Metcalf’s draft rise into the second round was somewhat unexpected. He certainly was productive at Ole Miss, but generally regarded as a second or third option among the Rebels’ NWO.
While he didn’t command the ball in Oxford — 67 career catches in 3 injury-plagued seasons — he absolutely commanded everybody’s attention throughout the draft process.
There are more polished route runners, but at 6-3, 228, nobody in this draft can match Metcalf’s combination of size, speed and strength.
He posted numbers at the NFL Combine rarely seen: He ran a 4.33 40 — tied for 5th-best at this year’s event. He benched 225 pounds 27 times — tied for second among skill players on both sides of the ball. His vertical jump was tied for 8th overall.
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) March 1, 2019
And then, of course, before any of that, was the picture with smaller teammate A.J. Brown that said it all:
This about to bigger than Odell and Jarvis Landry when they entered the draft . Two potential 1st round draft picks from the same school. @nfl I hope you’re ready . @olemissfb @exossports pic.twitter.com/UBEJDjZBNy
— AJ Brown (@Brown1arthur) February 21, 2019
Imagine Herschel Walker at wide receiver, opposite cornerbacks. That’s the appeal with Metcalf. The bloodlines come honest, too. His father, Terrence, was an offensive lineman at Ole Miss and in the NFL.