The Seattle Seahawks badly needed wide receiver talent, especially with the legitimate possibility that Doug Baldwin’s playing days are over, so they went out and chose three WRs in last week’s 2019 NFL Draft. Seattle traded back into the second-round to snag former Ole Miss star D.K. Metcalf, who raised eyebrows with his results at the combine.
While Metcalf looks like a freak athlete with abs that, if you tried punching them, would lead to severely fractured wrists, there has been skepticism about whether or not his actual abilities as a football player will translate in the pros. He was one of the more notable players to fall down the draft board and almost to round three before the Seahawks got him at #64 overall.
ESPN Senior Writer Mike Sando (paywall only) once again compiled a collection of quotes from anonymous NFL executives, evaluators, former GMs, etc. assessing respective drafts of every team. We’re going to focus on the Seahawks because uh... this is Field Gulls, and the main focus on Seattle was the Metcalf pick. Sando writes that most evaluators are leaning toward bust” when describing Metcalf as a boom-or-bust player, but there is one evaluator who believes DK is going to succeed.
“DK will be really good for them,” a dissenting evaluator said. “Everyone wants to crush him. Meanwhile, everyone is saying nothing but great things about the Stanford receiver that Philly took [JJ Arcega-Whiteside], but Metcalf is a better athlete who can go up and play the ball as well and has higher upside. He definitely has bust potential, but his ceiling is one of the top receivers in the NFL.”
Then on the flip-side, an ex-general manager likened Metcalf to Chicago Bears draft bust Kevin White (now with the Arizona Cardinals).
“I wasn’t a fan, but where they took him was better than where everybody was saying he was going,” a former GM said. “Remember the Chicago receiver [Kevin White] who went to the combine and ran really fast? He could not run routes. Metcalf can run a post, he can run a slant-and-go. He can’t get in and out of breaks, which makes it hard to get separation, which makes you one-dimensional, which means teams can cover you.”
Some other notes include one evaluator “from a team with a highly ranked defense” praising the L.J. Collier pick. The Seahawks took the former TCU DE in the first-round, with the usual “reach!” comments immediately uttered afterward. That evaluator did hint that it might have been an earlier choice than expected, but he also said “he is basically Frank Clark and maybe even better.”
Lastly, one other evaluator praised the Seahawks’ draft for its approach to special teams, citing Miami RB Travis Homer as one of his favorite picks. We certainly know the Seahawks ST unit needs serious fixing given what a liability it has been in recent years.