Seattle Seahawks WR DK Metcalf can be dominant in 2020 with improvement in one area.
The Seattle Seahawks found themselves a gem at the bottom of the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft with Ole Miss wide receiver DK Metcalf.
Metcalf put on one of the most freakish displays of athleticism and speed we have seen at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash at just under 6-foot-4, 230 pounds.
Metcalf is a freak among freaks but because his injury history at Ole Miss limited his ability to put together consistent production, he slipped way further in the 2019 draft than pretty much anyone expected.
The Seahawks finally picked him with the last pick of the second round, and he put together a tremendous rookie campaign.
In 16 games with 15 starts, Metcalf caught 58 passes for 900 yards and seven touchdowns.
After playing only 21 games over three seasons of college football, Metcalf played in all 18 games the Seahawks played including the playoffs last season, and he wound up putting together some nice performances in the postseason as well, catching 11 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown.
So what’s the next step for Metcalf in 2020? How can he improve off of a tremendous rookie season?
Metcalf can be dominant in 2020
One area where Metcalf can really show improvement? The red zone.
For a guy who can jump out of the stadium at almost 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Metcalf should be considered a major red zone weapon.
And he is, or at least he will be.
Metcalf was targeted 17 times in the red zone last season but was only able to reel in five passes with four touchdowns.
His 17 red zone targets were among the most of any player in the NFL last year, but his catch percentage and touchdown percentage were relatively low.
The Seahawks can also do better by getting Metcalf a higher percentage of his targets inside the 10-yard line when they get into the red zone as well. Of his 17 red zone targets, only six came inside the 10.
With his size, strength, and athleticism, he should be a much more dominant threat in the red area and I think we’ll see more opportunities for him there in 2020. The Seahawks ranked 9th overall in red zone production last season, but they could vault into the top five or better if Metcalf emerges as a more prominent threat when they get there.