John Metchie III

John Metchie III

Measurements
  • Height
    5112
  • Hand
    9 2/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
    187lbs
  • Arm
    30 5/8
  • Speed
WR Combine Averages
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    200lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.51
Brian Friedland - Scout
John Metchie III
  • Overall Rank
    47
  • Position Rank
    9
  • Position
    WR
  • Age
    21.9 Years
  • Team
    ALABAMA

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2019 13 4 23 5.8 0 1 Total Tackle
2020 13 55 916 16.7 6 4.2 REC/G
2021 13 96 1,142 11.9 8 1 KR, 13 YDS

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Size is average with Metchie being listed at 6-0, 195 pounds. Looks a little smaller height wise. Length is average. Durability isn't really a concern for Metchie outside of the torn ACL he suffered against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. Frame is adequate with Metchie needing to gain 5-10 pounds to be more comfortable taking hits over the middle.

  • Size
    5
  • Length
    5
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 5.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Toughness is adequate with flashes of above the line. Instincts are above the line with flashes of outstanding due to the fact that Metchie shows a propensity to know where the soft spots of zone coverage are to pick up first downs. He also knows when to improvise in order to help his quarterback out. Effort and motor are adequate as there are times where Metchie could run his routes with more urgency or a do a better job as a blocker.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    7
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 6.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

While Metchie just has adequate explosive, he does have above the line speed to keep defenders honest. Body control is adequate with Metchie showing an ability to work his way back to passes and adjusting to deep passes (AT Georgia/Q2/12:24). Flexibility and bend are adequate with flashes of above the line, especially on comeback routes where Metchie does a good job of staying low to maintain leverage over his defender. Change of direction is adequate with his best COD plays coming off of his release off the LOS. Play strength is adequate, but should get better if Metchie adds some weight. Has trouble with catches over the middle due to not being quite strong enough to sustain those types of hits; however, he shows potential of being capable of taking those hits with added weight (AT Auburn/Q2/12:14).

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    7
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 6.3

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Returned a kick for positive yardage during his junior season, but this does not look to be a part of his game moving forward. Perimeter blocking is adequate as Metchie is not a hindrance on the perimeter. Suddenness is adequate while his release is above the line with flashes of outstanding. Shows shiftiness and an ability to get low against physical corners in order to get open on quick, short routes. Route running is outstanding with this being Metchie's best traits. Routes are smooth and fluid. Ball skills are adequate although Metchie did have some poor drops, especially on contested catches. Vertical threat ability is adequate, but this is not where his strengths lie. Run after the catch is adequate with Metchie showing great patience and vision (AT Auburn/Q3/11:43), but has trouble eluding tacklers due to lack of above the line explosiveness.

  • Ball Skills
    6
  • Suddenness
    6
  • Release
    7
  • Route Running
    8
  • Run After Catch
    6
  • Vertical threat
    6
  • Perimeter Blocking
    6
  • Return Ability
    5
Grade 6.3

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
John Metchie III arrived to Tuscaloosa as a four-star recruit after a decorated career at both St. James School and The Peddie School. His freshman year, Metchie found a role for himself in a deep receiving group where he compiled 4 REC for 23 YDS and even had a tackle. The following season, Metchie became part of a three-headed monster in the Alabama offense where he recorded 55 REC for 916 YDS and 6 TDS along with winning the Jon Cornish Trophy, which is given to the most outstanding Canadian player in college football. In his junior campaign, Metchie built on his promising sophomore season where he formed one of the top wide receiver duos in college football with Ohio State transfer Jameson Williams. Despite suffering a torn ACL in the SEC Championship Game, Metchie still recorded 96 REC for 1,142 YDS and 8 TDS on top of being named to the All-SEC Second Team. Metchie is a WR3 with WR2 upside who wins with his outstanding route running abilities, his release off of the line, and his ability to get low against more physical corners. In order to obtain a WR2 status, Metchie needs to add weight in order to become a more physical receiver and be able to take hits over the middle on top of needing to improve his hands to make more contested catches at the high-point.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Auburn
  • Nov - 27 - 2021
  • Route running prowess was on full display and Auburn corners had a very tough time keeping Metchie in front of them despite how physical they were with him. Finished with 13 REC for 150 YDS and 11.5 Y/C
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Florida
  • Sep - 18 - 2021
  • Was overmatched by the physicality of Florida's corners and struggled in contested catch situations
Best Trait
Route Running
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