Jameson Williams and John Metchie Win the Combine
Heading into the 2022 NFL Combine, there was just one question mark looming over two of the Crimson Tide's top prospects.
Both Jameson Williams and John Metchie suffered torn ACLs at the tail end of Alabama's 2021 season, putting their draft stocks in jeopardy and leaving a box unchecked for NFL teams looking to scoop them up.
In the first opportunity for either player to speak with NFL teams and media at the combine, both jumped at the chance to talk openly on their rehab and progression since injury.
Williams said, "I was hearing five to seven [months] to recover, but I'm hearing I'm ahead of schedule," the highly touted receiver continued, "Hopefully things keep going on this track and we'll be back as soon as possible. [...] I've got speed that you can't teach."
As for Metchie, although he is not one of the most talked about pass catchers in this year's draft, many analysts and teams alike seem to view him as an excellent second round pickup, but were simply waiting on his medical evaluation.
Metchie, speaking to media at the NFL Combine, confirmed a promising outlook for his return from injury, saying, "I don't really sense much concern for my injury. Everything checks off. Everything is going well, rehab is going well and [doctors] looking at my knee is going well, so no I don't really get that sense."
With a positive report coming from both players regarding their only major question marks, it's hard to imagine other players leaving the combine with much better performances.
While hundreds of other athletes will certainly run and participate in drills, boosting their own individual stocks, NFL teams are aware of what they are getting with Williams and Metchie, they just needed to know the duo is healthy.
A positive report for Williams means that he will undeniably be selected in the top end of the first round in this year's draft, securing the sixth year in a row the Crimson Tide will see multiple prospects taken in the first 32 picks.
For Metchie, a positive report simply confirms what teams knew heading into this draft and will almost surely lock him in as an early day two selection.