3 things to know about Seahawks rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf
The Seattle Seahawks selected former Ole Miss Rebels wide receiver D.K. Metcalf with the No. 64 overall pick in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. However, because many believed that Metcalf was a certainty to come off the board in the first round of the annual event, perhaps the Seahawks will ultimately come away with the steal of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The 21-year-old became a star during his final season at Ole Miss en route to becoming an Internet sensation and eventually a NFL wide receiver. Due to the fact that there is little doubt that Metcalf will be talked about a ton as a NFL rookie in 2019-20, it is definitely time to get to know the up-and-coming pass catcher — if you haven’t already, that is.
“We had a guy walk in our room last night, a receiver out of Ole Miss. His name is Metcalf, and he looked like Jim Brown,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said ahead of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, via ESPN. “I mean, he’s the biggest wideout I’ve ever seen, and you’ve got to ask yourself, ‘Who’s tackling this guy?'”
D.K. Metcalf is Mel Kiper Jr.’s top ranked wide receiver, linebacker, defensive end, strong safety and tight end prospect in this year’s draft. pic.twitter.com/NLcob3O97D
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 11, 2019
Not only did he look impressive before ultimately becoming a part of the Seahawks organization, but Metcalf also put up some ridiculous numbers upon actually taking the field at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. Perhaps most notably, he ran his 40-yard dash in a swift 4.33 seconds, a mark that was good for the second-best time among those in his position group in 2019. Adding some size into the mix as well, Metcalf arrived in Indianapolis at -3′ while weighing 228 pounds.
Not impressed? He also posted a body fat percentage of 1.9. Yes, you read that correctly. Metcalf possesses less than two percent body fat.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf has always been a bit of a freak of nature. Metcalf bench pressed 50 pounds and squated 100 pounds when he was just five years old. Yes, five.
However, his football career did not begin until he was 12 years old.
Despite his father, former NFL offensive guard Terrence Metcalf who played for the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints in nine professional seasons, the elder Metcalf did not allow his son to play football until the age of 12 because if he started too early, there was the potential that a coach could “turn him off to the sport.”
FROM THE OLE MISS ARCHIVES: This epic, rainy shot is of Terrence Metcalf, an All-American Tackle for the Rebs in 2001 pic.twitter.com/QuQ7Dk0j
— Rebel Rewards (@RebelRewards) November 12, 2012
Despite the slightly late start, Metcalf promptly made the varsity football team at his high school as a result of his freshman year. It hardly comes as a surprise that he excelled first as a safety and then as a wide out in addition to being a three-sport athlete at Oxford High School. While of course playing football, he also ran track and played basketball. Metcalf unsurprising set a school record in the triple jump as well.