DeKaylin (also known as D.K.) Metcalf is a wide receiver prospect who just finished an injury-plagued freshman year at Ole Miss (@), @). In Metcalf’s collegiate debut, the 6’4”, 210-pounder caught not one but two touchdowns in the season-opening loss to Florida State, showcasing his ability to be an immediate redzone threat. However, he was then limited to only one catch for 10 yards before breaking his foot the following week against Wofford.
Coming out of high school, Metcalf was a U.S. Army and MaxPreps All-American selection. His senior year, Metcalf led Oxford to its third straight state championship appearance logging an impressive 94-catch, 1,455-yard and 22-touchdown stat line which boosted his career totals to 224 catches, 3,302 yards and 49 touchdowns. Following his senior year in high school, Metcalf was listed as the 14th ranked wide receiver and the 70th overall recruit in the nation by Rivals.com. Metcalf committed to Ole Miss all the way back in 2013, which shows his loyalty and dedication to deciding and sticking with it, which to me is a refreshing mindset to possess.
D.K. comes from some impressive bloodlines. His father Terrance Metcalf, an All-American offensive lineman at Ole Miss, was selected by the Bears in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft and was a member of the Bears’ Super Bowl team in 2006–07. When asked how his father has impacted his football journey, “It’s like cheating,” D.K. said. “He knows what it takes to get there. He just stays on my back about working hard, being a leader and not a follower.”
Pros: D.K. stands out from the pack in regards to his stature, pictured here, on the far right. Metcalf has strong hands and a massive wingspan, which allows him to high point the football and create separation from defenders. He has an ability to make some jaw-dropping catches and to make the difficult catches look easy. Despite being “rocked up,” Metcalf shows good enough agility and short-area quickness to make moves in the open field. His hand size and high-pointing ability make him a dangerous red zone target, which is where he shines and can really display his talents.
Cons: At this point, Metcalf hasn’t shown to be the technician and precise route-runner you would eventually like to see at the next level. He’s described as being a good athlete with a raw skill set. His straight-line speed has also been in question and has been compared to his predecessor Laquon Treadwell as an athlete. I would argue Metcalf is a much better athlete. Metcalf will need to show more explosiveness as his career develops to become a first-round lock in the NFL Draft. Getting significant targets might also be a concern due to Ole Miss being stacked at WR, with the likes of AJ Brown, DaMarkus Lodge and others.
Overall Impressions: Most Devy writers at DFF would agree that D.K. Metcalf is their #1 or #2 ranked devy wide receiver. The combination of his physical dominance, attributes and bloodlines has people drooling at his potential. As it stands, D.K. is my devy WR1 and I’m excited to watch his collegiate career progress. In my opinion, D.K. and Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry will be fighting for that best overall wide receiver spot in the 2019 class. It will be entertaining to see how it plays out.