Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf was inactive for Sunday night's game against the Vikings with what GM John Schneider called a "sore leg" during a radio interview. After the game, however, HC Pete Carroll said the rookie needs knee surgery, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "Don't think he'll be out long," Pelissero added. We'll see about further details on this issue. But even if it's a quick turnaround, it hurts Metcalf's chances of cracking the starting lineup early in the regular season.
The Seattle' Times' Bob Condotta expects Tyler Lockett, David Moore and Jaron Brown to open the season as the Seahawks' top 3 WRs. That'd most notably leave D.K. Metcalf no better than 4th on the depth chart. The rookie reportedly had an impressive spring but was always more of a project than NFL-ready prospect. Condotta does concede that Metcalf is "the most logical of the rookies to contribute heavily," but he's not looking like a good bet for early-season fantasy value.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin might be forced to retire. Baldwin missed 3 games in 2018, then underwent offseason surgeries on his groin and shoulder. Now 30, Baldwin has been in the league since 2011. Seattle added some insurance in Round 2 with the selection of Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf.
The Seahawks added Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf with the 64th pick of the draft. Metcalf is a freak of nature: 6’3, 228 pounds with 4.33 speed and a 40.5-inch vertical. He struggled in the agility drills at the Combine, but we didn’t think change-of-direction was an issue on tape. In fact, Metcalf has some of the best tape in this year’s WR class, showcasing high-end speed, ball skills and releases off the line of scrimmage. His production at Ole Miss never matched his ability, though. He missed 10 games with a broken foot in 2016 and 5 more this past season with a fracture of his C-3 vertebrae that required surgery. When he was on the field, Metcalf totaled just 67 catches in 21 games — although he did average a big 18.3 yards per catch with 14 TDs. Metcalf is a classic boom/bust prospect. Landing with QB Russell Wilson certainly helps his NFL odds, though.