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Thursday Round-Up: DK Metcalf Ranked A Top-10 Wide Receiver By NFL Execs

Over 50 NFL execs, coaches and players were asked to rank their top league wideouts, and DK Metcalf came in at No. 10.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today – Thursday, July 14 – about your Seattle Seahawks.

DK Metcalf Ranked A Top-10 Wide Receiver By NFL Execs

Seattle Seahawks wideout DK Metcalf is enjoying his offseason after racking up 29 touchdowns in his first three seasons. In June, he hosted the inaugural DK Metcalf All Star Softball Classic. As the NFL offseason hits it's mid-point, Metcalf has been ranked by NFL execs, coaches and his peers as a Top-10 league wideout.

ESPN writer Jeremy Fowler broke down the process for selection for the wideouts and how the criteria was developed for ranking.

Condensing a loaded receiver landscape into a top-10 list is a near-impossible task. The explosion of 7-on-7 football at the youth levels has accelerated the growth of the position. From high school to college, pass-catchers enter the NFL ready to produce. Passing numbers are steadily rising in nearly every category.

Most teams have at least one impact receiver. Most NFL drafts have a dozen or more potentially elite receivers drafted in the first two rounds. Catching 100 passes is less an anomaly and more an expectation for a top player. And complicating matters is the ascension of several players who either didn't make the cut last year or were too young to do so.

Fowler broke down Metcalf's inclusion at No.10, and why it came down to Metcalf and Los Angeles Chargers wideout Keenan Allen for the final spot on the list.

Metcalf narrowly won a heated tiebreaker with the Chargers' Keenan Allen for the 10th spot, a process that included at least 20 recasts. The results were fascinating because Metcalf and Allen couldn't be more different as receivers. Allen is a fantastic route runner, while the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Metcalf is an unfinished product with an incredible size/speed combo.

"More explosion, more scoring upside with him over Allen," an NFL personnel evaluator said. Added an NFL receivers coach: "He's a better route-runner than you'd think. He can bend."

Metcalf -- who is in line for a massive contract extension from Seattle -- played through several issues last year, including a nagging foot injury, erratic quarterback play and consistent double-teams from the coverage. But he still produced 12 touchdowns on 75 catches, along with 967 yards. He is not considered an elite route-runner but has improved considerably since entering the league in 2019.

As one scout pointed out, Seattle seems to give Tyler Lockett more deep-ball opportunities, which seems backward. Lockett's 14.8 air yards per target was more than two yards deeper than Metcalf's 12.6 last season. But Metcalf also gets more double-team coverage, which plays a part.

To read more on the list of top receivers click here.

A look back at some of the best photos of Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf from the 2021 season.

Fit Melanin Summer Event hosted by Free Flo Fit in Partnership with the Seattle Seahawks

The 2nd annual Fit Melanin Summer Event presented by Free Flo Fit was a day of free health and fitness activities as well as business vendors at Judkins Park, focused on the BIPOC community. The event saw over 250 community members, 45 BIPOC owned business vendors, and was sponsored by the Seahawks thanks to a $5,000 Play60 Grant. An assortment of fitness classes were hosted ranging from yoga, dance fitness, HIIT, and more. The Seahawks Dancers, Blitz, and Blue Thunder helped make it a ton of fun in the sun!

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We're officially less than two weeks away from the beginning of Seahawks Training Camp! Get your first look at the 2022 Seahawks, live from the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, plus a special offsite practice at Lumen Field on August 6. Special activities at 2022 Seahawks Training Camp will include photo opportunities, giveaways and appearances by Seahawks Dancers, Blue Thunder, and mascots Blitz and Boom. Food and beverage will also be available for fans to purchase on-site.

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