D.K. Metcalf wants you to know, he really looks like that. He’s that buff. His six-pack abs are that rigid. His shoulders are that broad. His pecs are that chiseled. And, yes, his hands probably stretch XXL-sized receiving gloves.
He seems built for the NFL Scouting Combine, so it’s probably no surprise that he has been the event’s biggest star this weekend in Indianapolis. After a photo of his shredded physique went viral last month, his combine results have captured the imagination of the Internet — and NFL franchises.
Metcalf, who is 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, performed the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds, third best at the combine. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 27 times, tied for the most by a quarterback, wide receiver or tight end. From a standstill, he jumped 40½ inches into the air, also tied for third best.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport had reported that Metcalf had been measured as having an unbelievable 1.6 percent body fat at the combine, but Metcalf corrected those reports Friday, saying it was in fact 1.9 percent, a still astonishingly low number if accurate. (There is reason to doubt the number considering what health experts have said on body fat percentages below 3 percent.)
“Every team when I walk in they’re always like: ‘Wow. You are really that big,’ ” he said at a news conference.
“He looked like Jim Brown,” Raiders Coach Jon Gruden said (via USA Today). “He’s the biggest wideout I’ve ever seen, and you got to ask yourself, ‘Who’s tackling this guy?’ ”
CBS ranks Metcalf as the top wide receiver and No. 16 overall prospect in the draft class.
Perhaps that was to be expected from someone with an impressive football background. Metcalf’s father, Terrence, played six seasons of offensive line for the Bears. His uncle Eric was a running back and kick returner who went to three Pro Bowls. His grandfather Terry was a running back and went to three Pro Bowls as well.
And yet Terrence wouldn’t let his son play football until he was 12, he said in a video produced by Under Armour. But he did let him start lifting weights, and by the time he was 5, D.K. was bench-pressing 50 pounds and squatting 100, according to his father. Now, despite the late start to his football career, he appears destined to go in the first round.
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