American football fans were already aware DK Metcalf was an absolute weapon. But in case they needed any further clarification, now they know how close to superhuman he really is.
A photo of the ridiculously ripped third-generation NFL hopeful went viral earlier this month when he made his gym junkie training partners regret getting in the same snap as him.
The son of former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Terrence Metcalf, DK grew up in NFL lockers — and by the looks of him now he was also no stranger in the weight room.
But if that photo sent social media wild then Metcalf’s measurements from the NFL Combine will only speed up the hype train surrounding the 21-year-old man mountain.
As testing started for the players hoping to be scooped up in the NFL draft, Metcalf certainly stood out from the rest.
He measured in at 1.9m tall and tipped the scales at 103.4kg with just — wait for it — 1.6 per cent body fat. That’s just showing off.
Metcalf also boasted a wingspan of close to 2.1m which, for a short period, was a combine record for a wide receiver.
That record reportedly only lasted for an hour before Iowa State’s Hakeem Butler turned up with a wingspan that was a couple of centimetres more impressive.
What’s amazing is while Metcalf looks like a tight end, he plays as a wide receiver — and with a rig like his it’s no surprise the Ole Miss product is the top ranked player in his position for this year’s draft class.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was certainly impressed with the physical specimen on show as he discussed what he was looking for from potential defensive backs.
“We had a guy walk into our room last night, a receiver out of Ole Miss. I think his name was Metcalf. He looked like (Cleveland NFL legend) Jim Brown. He’s the biggest wideout I’ve ever seen,” Gruden said at a press conference.
“You’ve got to ask yourself, ‘Who’s tackling this guy?’ So if you’re a 179-pound corner and you’re tackling a 235-pound back, or 230-pound wideout or a tight end, you’ve got to ask yourself, is this what I want to do? You’ve got to find guys that can tackle, big time, and I think sometimes that’s overlooked.”
We certainly won’t be volunteering to tackle Metcalf anytime soon.
Another player who was always going to generate plenty of discussion at the combine was Kyler Murray, who turned his back on a Major League Baseball career with the Oakland A’s after the franchise had picked him in the 2018 first-year player draft and offered him a deal worth a guaranteed $6.5 million.
Instead, Murray — who won the Heisman Trophy as the best college football player in America — opted for another path.
The intriguing quarterback measured in at 1.77m and 94kg, when most had predicted a shorter height.
At Oklahoma, Murray was listed at 1.77m and 88kg, but so often colleges inflate numbers to make their players look more attractive for professional opportunities. At the poking-and-prodding-and-measuring combine, Murray was expected to be closer to 1.75cm, which would have stacked the odds against him.
Still, he would be the shortest quarterback taken in the first round, should that happen. Previously, Johnny Manziel held the title at 1.8m.
The NFL has taken a kinder eye to undersized quarterbacks, as the position is protected by the rules more than ever and the evolution is leading to more athletic types and less pocket-passers.
Baker Mayfield had a record-setting rookie season last year with the Cleveland Browns, and his combine height was 1.83m. Russell Wilson, the model for short quarterbacks, had measured at 1.78m.
With Mark W. Sanchez, New York Post