Many a mock draft projected Mississippi wide receiver D.K. Metcalf to go in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft.
Thursday’s first round came and went with only two wide receivers going in the first round. Metcalf wasn’t one of them.
Instead, Metcalf was selected with the final pick in the second round on Friday by the Seattle Seahawks. This selection came after six more wide receivers were drafted.
So, when the long, excruciating wait was finally over at pick No. 64, Metcalf was quite emotional.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider made the call to Metcalf.
After a brief exchange of pleasantries, Schneider broke the news to Metcalf.
“Hey, man, get fired up, we’re going to make you a Seattle Seahawk right here, OK?”
“Alright, man, congratulations.”
(More emotional Metcalf)
Schneider turns the phone over to head coach Pete Carroll, who got the whole staff in the team’s war room to cheer Metcalf.
Watch the entire incredible sequence here:
Is it just us or is it getting dusty in here? @dkmetcalf14, we’re so excited to have you.
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Later, Metcalf composed himself and sent a message out to the Seahawks and their fans:
Let's get to work. 😈#SeahawksDraft x @dkmetcalf14pic.twitter.com/lDlu7OqY0J — Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) April 27, 2019
Impressive physique — “body beautiful” as former NFL Network analyst and current Oakland Raiders GM Mike Mayock would say — and impressive numbers at the NFL scouting combine (4.33 40-yard dash, 27 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, 40 1/2-inch vertical jump) had Metcalf climbing up draft boards.
Or, so we thought.
Instead, concerns about his route-running skills and limited experience playing in college — he played in 21 games over three seasons at Mississippi, catching 67 passes for 1,228 yards and 14 TDs — likely contributed to his drop in the draft.
However, Metcalf lands in an ideal place in Seattle, where Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson should be able to utilize Metcalf’s abilities to their fullest.