Seattle selected rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf from Ole Miss in the second round of the NFL Draft, and he's expected to compete for a starting job right away. With Doug Baldwin gone, Metcalf could earn a prominent role opposite Tyler Lockett. The star of the NFL Combine has a lot to prove before Fantasy players can trust him as a starter in seasonal leagues, but there's plenty of upside in an offense led by Russell Wilson, especially for a fast receiver who can make plays down the field. Metcalf is worth a mid-round pick in seasonal leagues, and he's a first-round selection in all rookie-only drafts.
Metcalf is making a strong impression on quarterback Russell Wilson, who says the rookie has intelligence to match his physical skills, John Boyle of Seahawks.com reports. "Everybody knows about [Metcalf's] ability to run and jump and catch and all that" Wilson said. "But I think more than anything else, it's his brain, how he processes information, how quickly he understands it. He's really intelligent, he understands the game really well." The Seahawks have used Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown and David Moore as their top three wideouts during OTAs and minicamp, but there will be plenty of time this summer for Metcalf to leapfrog either Brown or Moore. Even if he doesn't win a Week 1 starting job, the rookie should at least serve as a part-time deep threat for Wilson, who ranked second in the league last season with a 122.9 passer rating on throws more than 20 yards downfield. With 4.33 speed and a 40.5-inch vertical leap at 6-foot-3, 228 pounds, Metcalf should be useful on deep passes even if he's slow to pick up on the intricacies of NFL-caliber route running. It sounds like Wilson is optimistic about the rookie being more than a one-trick pony.
The Seahawks selected Metcalf in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 64th overall. It's not clear whether teams were scared off by any lingering concerns over Metcalf's season-ending foot and neck injuries in 2016 and 2018, respectively, but if not, it's difficult to explain why he'd fall this far. Even if his skill set isn't well-rounded -- his infamously poor agility testing at the combine (11.88 agility score) is truly the stuff of legends -- Metcalf poses such a profound downfield threat at 6-foot-3, 228 pounds with 4.33 speed that it's curious no team chased his upside earlier than this. Doug Baldwin's durability is deteriorating and the Seahawks might move Tyler Lockett into the slot before long, in which case a sizable opening would present itself for Metcalf as the team's primary downfield receiver. In the meantime, he'll need to fight for precious few downfield targets alongside Lockett and David Moore. However, it's notable that coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer were notoriously averse to throwing the ball last season, a factor that could cap Metcalf's rookie production if it carries over into 2019.
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|3||09/22||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|5||10/04||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|9||11/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|10||11/12||@San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|14||12/09||@Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|17||12/29||San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|