Alabama wide receiver John Metchie is scheduled to meet with the New England Patriots on Tuesday for a pre-draft visit. Metchie visited the Buffalo Bills on Monday and will meet with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.

It’s hard to ignore the success NFL teams had this past season reuniting college wide receivers with their former quarterbacks. Ja’Marr Chase teamed up with his former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and helped lead the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl. Jaylen Waddle set a new NFL record for most catches by a player in his rookie season (104) with his former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Miami. DeVonta Smith broke the record for the most yards by a rookie wide receiver in Eagles history (916) with Jalen Hurts, and Metchie believes he could have similar success with Mac Jones in New England.

"It's definitely something I've heard, and especially seeing the trend of teams liking to unite quarterbacks and receivers or just former teammates together," Metchie said at the NFL combine. "I think Mac 10 and I would be special, for sure."

Metchie caught 55 passes for 916 yards and six touchdowns from Jones in 2020. The Crimson Tide finished the season with a perfect 13-0 record and a 52-24 rout over Ohio State in the national championship.

"Mac and I are really close," Metchie said. "He was my quarterback that year, so Mac and I got along really well. We also spent a lot of time together my freshman year on the two team, so we have a lot of chemistry."

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As a junior in 2021, Metchie reeled in a team-leading 96 receptions for 1,142 yards and eight scores, earning second-team All-SEC honors.  The Crimson Tide wideout suffered a torn ACL against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 4, but he plans to be fully healthy before training camp.

"In June I should be cleared, no restrictions," Metchie said.

Metchie also spoke during the combine about the similarities between Alabama and the Patriots.

“The Patriots are really similar to Alabama as far as structure of team with Coach Belichick over there and Coach Saban at Alabama,” Metchie said. “I think the structure created by both coaches creates for a winning environment.”

Metchie is projected as a day two prospect and the Patriots hold picks 54 and 85 in the second and third round respectfully. The 2022 NFL draft will be held in Las Vegas Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30 and air on ESPN and the NFL Network.

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