ESPN Analyst Says John Metchie is Top Slot Receiver
With the 2022 NFL draft less than two weeks away teams are still sorting out a deep and talented wide receiver group. In a recent article, ESPN NFL analyst Matt Bowen called Alabama wide receiver John Metchie the top slot receiver in this year’s draft.
“A route technician who played all three wide receiver spots in Alabama's pro passing game, Metchie has the short-area separation speed to win inside the numbers," said Bowen. "He is more explosive than given credit for and can create after the catch. And he has a detailed plan to shake loose against press coverage. I like him as slot receiver in the NFL with formation variance.”
As a junior this past season, Metchie reeled in a team-high 96 receptions for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns, which earned him second-team All-SEC honors. The Canadian native was a reliable target for Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young all year. He caught at least six passes in 11 different games, including a career-high 13 receptions against Auburn.
His competitive nature stands out of film, from his textbook perimeter blocking, to his ability to go up and make contested catches. He possesses a variety of releases off the line of scrimmage and has a very good understanding on how to find open windows against zone coverage.
Metchie is coming off a torn ACL he suffered on Dec. 4, but expects to be cleared by June and participate in training camp.
"In June I should be cleared, no restrictions," said Metchie at the NFL combine.
The Alabama wideout is projected as a Day 2 pick in next week’s draft. He has met with the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars as part of the teams top-30 pre-draft visits.