Cleveland Browns: Is D.K. Metcalf in play at 17th overall?
With the 2019 NFL Draft only a couple months away, the Cleveland Browns have some decisions to make on what to do with their first-round pick. Some speculate that the Browns may select DK Metcalf, Ole Miss’s physically gifted wide receiver.
Well Cleveland Browns fans, it’s hard to believe that we are at that time of year again. With the NFL Combine starting on February 26th and NFL Draft scheduled to begin on April 25th, we are entering the season of speculation and what the Browns are going to do in the draft. With 10 picks in the draft, the Browns have their work cut out. However, their first pick in the draft will be at number 17 overall.
One of the biggest needs that the Browns have this offseason is wide receiver. After deciding to move on and trade Josh Gordon early last season, the Browns were left without a wideout with the same physical gifts. Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry led the Browns in the 2018 season with 976 yards. However, Landry is a smaller wideout, standing at 5-11 and weighing roughly 196-pounds.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield needs a target that he can get the ball too that is a beast on the gridiron. Someone who can take hits and be difficult to tackle and bring down. Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf might be able to be that guy. Standing at 6-4 and a whopping 225-pounds, Metcalf is a physical beast. Being compared physically to a receiver like Josh Gordon, it’s easy to buy into him.
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Metcalf finished his career at Ole Miss with 67 receptions for 1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns. He played for the Rebels from 2016 through 2018 and appeared in 21 games. However, during his time at Ole Miss, he suffered two injuries that ended seasons for him, most recently being a neck injury that required him to have surgery. Prior to this injury, he had 569 receiving yards in seven games for the Rebels in the 2018 season with an average of 21.9 yards per catch and five touchdowns.
However, Metcalf is far from perfect. While he is physically gifted, he still needs to put in the work to develop the skills that go into an NFL wide receiver, such as learning to become a better route runner. However, the potential is there for him to develop into a leading wide receiver for a team.
Metcalf also has NFL DNA in his body. His grandfather, Terry, and father, Terrance played in the NFL. His uncle, Eric Metcalf, also played in the NFL for the Browns. Eric Metcalf was also selected by the Browns in the first round and spent six years with the team, which included two trips to the Pro Bowl and a First-Team All-Pro selection in 1993. Eric Metcalf finished his NFL career with 17,230 all-purpose yards and 55 touchdowns, making him one of the most versatile players in league history.
What will the Browns do with the 17th overall pick? Does D.K Metcalf sound like a great fit for the team? Is the 17th pick too high of a pick to take a chance on him? What position would you like the team to address in the first round? Whatever decision John Dorsey decides to make with the pick, we’ll be sure to be in good hands.
Dorsey proved himself last year with the Browns stellar rookie class. The NFL Draft will be here before we know it and we will soon know who will be joining the team as the newest first-round draft pick!