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2022 NFL Draft Profile: John Metchie III

John Metchie III, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide, 2022 NFL Draft

Metchie's speed, quickness, and natural feel for creating separation should translate well to the pros

John Metchie III was hard to cover last season, and it's that ability to get open that separates him among his wide receiver peers in the 2022 NFL Draft. He's not a big target, nor is he the best athlete at the position, but Metchie's innate ability to create separation will certainly appeal to teams, provided they like where he is in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered in the SEC Championship Game.

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John Metchie III Draft Profile

College: Alabama
Class: Jr.
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 195

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Strong Points

Metchie’s greatest strength is an innate feel for creating leverage. There’s a bit of a Stevie Johnson, improvisational jazz-type of feel to his route-running, where he’ll exaggerate his direction and tempo to deceive defensive backs when stemming his route, but he has the quick feet and speed to get to his spot. He’s usable as a catch-and-run threat on manufactured touches, with a return man’s sense of finding creases and getting to space. He’s undersized but competes extremely hard after the catch and is a feisty and effective blocker on the perimeter; his football character made him a favorite of Nick Saban.

Weak Points

Anyone looking for Jaylen Waddle- or DeVonta Smith-level athleticism will be disappointed, as Metchie is a notch below those guys in terms of speed and quickness as well as being undersized. He often struggled to come away with the ball in contested-catch situations due to the lack of size. A torn ACL in the SEC title game will put him behind schedule as a rookie.

Summary

The lack of size and contested-catch ability is a concern, and he might ultimately be more of a high-end No. 2 than a true No. 1. But Metchie’s speed, quickness and natural feel for creating separation should be enough to make him a productive receiver at the next level.

Final Grade: 2nd Round

YearGRECYDSYPCTDR-ATTR-YDSTD

2019

13

4

23

5.8

0

0

0

0

2020

13

55

916

16.7

6

0

0

0

2021

13

96

1,142

11.9

8

1

8

0

Career

39

155

2,081

13.4

14

1

8

0

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