Mississippi wide receiver D.K. Metcalf dazzled onlookers at the 2019 NFL combine Saturday after running an incredible 4.33 40-yard dash at 6-foot-3, 228 pounds.
Here are his complete combine numbers:
40-yard dash: 4.33
225 bench: 27 reps
Vertical jump: 40.5 inches
Broad jump: 134 inches
3-cone drill: 7.38
20-yard shuttle: 4.5
Metcalf’s huge day wasn’t a complete shock. He was supposed to run fast and jump high, but no one was expecting him to be THAT fast or to jump THAT high. Now that he did, there might be no limit on his draft-day ceiling.
— NFL (@NFL) March 3, 2019
What we do know is that he isn’t going to be the first overall pick. The battle for that distinction appears to be centering around two players: Nick Bosa and Kyler Murray. But after that? It’s game on for Metcalf.
N0. 2: San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers need help at wide receiver and they need help that comes in the shape of Metcalf. San Francisco’s receiving corps is littered with undersized speedsters; there’s no big-bodied game-changer like Metcalf on the roster. For a team with so much invested in QB Jimmy Garoppolo, a pick like Metcalf would make sense.
No. 3: New York Jets
If I were a betting man, I’d pick the Jets as the most likely destination for Metcalf. After using last year’s first-round pick on QB Sam Darnold, it would make a ton of sense for New York to invest in a big-time weapon for their most important player. Metcalf is physically comparable to Atlanta’s Julio Jones; why wouldn’t the Jets want to give Darnold a pass-catcher with that kind of upside?
No. 4: Oakland Raiders
Jon Gruden is calling the shots in Oakland and while it would make a lot more sense for the Raiders to invest this pick on an elite pass-rushing prospect, they do have two more first round picks in a draft that is overflowing with defensive talent. Metcalf, on the other hand, is the only offensive skill player who looks capable of taking over a game and the Raiders, who quite possibly have the worst collection of receivers in the entire NFL, could use a player with Metcalf’s upside to jumpstart the offense.
No. 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Would there be a more intimidating wide receiver duo than Mike Evans and Metcalf? Wow. The Buccaneers have bigger needs along the offensive line and could decide linebacker Devin White (LSU) is a better value-meeting-need option with the fifth pick, but the Evans-Metcalf combination would be must-watch stuff.