When the Seattle Seahawks take the field in 2020, one of the biggest offensive weapons many fans are longing to see is second year wideout DK Metcalf. His performance over the course of the 2019 season landed him in a small group of high performing rookie receivers who have gained over 900 receiving yards in their first year in the league.
Coincidentally, Metcalf’s college teammate at Ole Miss, A.J. Brown, also reached that level of performance as well. Particularly impressive about this accomplishment is that, as Hayden Winks notes, prior to the 2019 season, only 18 wide receivers had reached that threshold.
There have been 21 rookies to post 900+ receiving yards since 2000 and most of them have gone on to have really good NFL careers: https://t.co/L2SXaVR3AU— Hayden Winks (@HaydenWinks) June 16, 2020
Last year's group:
A.J. Brown (1,051) --> ADP: WR15
Terry McLaurin (919) --> ADP: WR23
DK Metcalf (900) --> ADP: WR20
As Winks notes, many of the players on the list went on to have very good NFL careers, though not all of them. Kelvin Benjamin saw injuries and weight issues derail his career, Eddie Royal’s performance on offense peaked as a rookie and Sammy Watkins had a fantastic second season before settling in as a middle of the pack wideout. However, many of the other names have seen phenomenal performance, including Anquan Boldin, Andre Johnson, Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Mike Evans. Coincidentally, Dwayne Bowe played his rookie season in an offense under the direction of Mike Solari and went on to finish his career with 537 receptions for 7,208 yards and 44 touchdowns, similar to the numbers Doug Baldwin put up during his career.
In any case, Brown and Metcalf both appear to have very bright futures on the field. As former college teammates, they are likely to be compared to one another for the duration of their careers, both for their on field production, as well as the off field work ethic that allows them to stay in decent shape.