DK Metcalf’s percentile rankings from the combine are hilarious. He’s the greatest athletic freak on earth….as long as he doesn’t have to change direction. pic.twitter.com/oIw7Upd7o1— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) March 3, 2019
A 6'3", 230-pound receiver who runs a 4.3 40-yard dash and can bench 27 reps? That's some video game level stuff right there.
However, for how physically strong and fast Metcalf is, he does still have a weakness – changing direction.
While nearly every test saw Metcalf pass with flying colors, his 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle were among the worst for all wideouts. To put it in perspective how bad his lateral movement is, there's this.
Oh my gosh. This is true.— Jon Moore (@HelloJonMoore) March 4, 2019
Tom Brady: 7.2 cone, 4.38 shuttle
DK Metcalf: 7.38 cone, 4.5 shuttle
Tom Brady was faster from a lateral movement standpoint than Metcalf is right now and change of direction is a bit more important for wide receivers than it is for quarterbacks. Also, keep in mind that Brady wasn't exactly a "physical specimen."
So while he's still utterly impressive, this is could be a major red flag for Metcalf in the eyes of some NFL teams and it might cause him to drop a few spots, despite all his other incredible physical attributes.
Obviously, someone is still going to draft Metcalf given his physical talent, but keep an eye out for the first time he has to make a quick cut or change of direction when the season starts this September.
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