John Metchie III
WR - HOU - IR
The Houston Texans traded multiple picks to move up for John Metchie during the 2022 NFL Draft in a similar fashion to how they acquired Nico Collins a season ago.
The former Alabama wide receiver caught 96 balls for over 1,100 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in his final junior season. He just happened to be overshadowed by Ohio State transfer Jameson Williams.
But don't sleep on Metchie because he possesses a nice skillset that will translate well with the Texans. He's a savvy route runner that understands how to get leverage and create separation from defenders. His game reminds me of Eddie Royal.
He probably won't ever be a true No. 1, but that doesn't preclude him from carving out a niche role starting from the slot.
But that will have to wait until 2023. Metchie was recently diagnosed with leukemia, making it likely he misses the entire 2022 season.
John Metchie arrives in the land of helmet scouting with the Houston Texans. Nick Caserio opted for Metchie in the second round of the draft, which feels like a swinging bunt single selection. Metchie could never step up as Alabama's leading receiver during his tenure, and the same can be said for his rookie season outlook. Metchie will fight with Nico Collins for looks behind Brandin Cooks. He's a fine draft pick with early opportunity and solid draft capital, but temper expectations on his NFL ceiling.
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