The Houston Texans have selected receiver John Metchie III with the No. 44 pick in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Alabama product is coming off a stellar year that ended in disaster when Metchie tore his ACL in the SEC Championship Game. But Metchie said he expects to be cleared to return to action by June, so there’s a good chance he’s in a Texans uniform in Week 1.

Houston traded a trio of picks to the Cleveland Browns to get the 44th pick, per Field Yates.

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When he was on the field, Metchie made his presence felt in 2021. He racked up 1,142 yards on 96 catches—good for 8th in the nation—in 13 games. He’s not a major deep threat by any means, but Metchie just seems to find ways to get open. His route running is already NFL-caliber, and corners have a hard time getting their hands on him in press situations. While he struggled at times to gain yards after the catch in 2020, Metchie improved on that in 2021.

Some scouts see Metchie as a “what you see is what you get” player. He’s a bit limited physically, so there may not be a ton of room for improvement. However, plenty of players find ways to differentiate themselves at the next level no matter their physical capabilities. When you look at Metchie, you’ll see shades of Cooper Kupp and Keenan Allen. He may not have the physical presence of a Davante Adams or the speed of a Tyreek Hill, but corners just can’t stick him.

The Texans got themselves an NFL-ready receiver in John Metchie III with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.