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WR D. K. Metcalf: How Would Drafting this Player Make the Browns Better?

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Round One potential draftee would be added to an already talented group

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Florida State Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
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D. K. Metcalf had only two receptions as a freshman for Ole Miss. Both went for touchdowns.

He was a full-time starter his sophomore year and then in his junior season he injured his neck in the first quarter against Arkansas which put him down for the remainder of the year. It was considered short-term, but head coach Matt Luke kept him out the rest of the season. At the time he was Ole Miss’s leading receiver and a player their offense depended upon.

Metcalf is a huge target and could join an already talented group of WRs such as Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway, Breshad Perriman and Rashard Higgins.

The Browns will likely make the defense the focus of their draft. But one can only think about the offensive paradox with QB Baker Mayfield, TE David Njoku, a stellar offensive line, RBs Nick Chubb, Duke Johnson and Kareem Hunt, plus Landry, Callaway and now Metcalf.

Let the sweaty palms of anticipation begin.

Specifics:

College: Ole Miss
Height: 6’-4”
Weight: 230 pounds
40-time: 4.45
Career Receptions: 67
Career Yards: 1,228
Career Touchdowns: 14

Positives:

  • Natural gift for separation
  • Great leaping ability at the point of catch
  • Can take the top off the defense
  • Tall with long arms
  • Rated number one WR prospect
  • Big bodied which causes problems with smaller CBs
  • Strong and physical
  • Related to three men who all played in the NFL: Terrence, Eric and Terry

Negatives:

  • Raw talent needs more experience
  • Needs to work on route running
  • Had a neck injury which shortened his college career
  • Only played in 21 college games
  • Poor WR draft class may push up his value

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Physically Metcalf has everything you look for, with a 6-4 and 230 pound frame to go along with reported 4.4 speed and a nearly 40-inch vertical leap. Just a redshirt sophomore, Metcalf is raw and only has 21 college games on his college resume. That includes this past season, which ended prematurely due to a neck injury. Considering those risk factors Metcalf could very easily still be available. However, in a class lacking in high-end talent at the wideout position Metcalf is awfully intriguing.


Would you take D.K. Metcalf and add to the firepower of the Browns’ offense if he was available with the 17th pick?