John Metchie III
Z WR – #8 Alabama
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: The Peddie School (Hightstown, NJ)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.9043)
Phil Steele: PS#41
John Metchie III scouting report
Great speed. Metchie isn’t a burner but his speed is more than good enough. Incredible body control in short adjustments. Excellent body control. Good acceleration. Good explosion. Excellent route runner. Metchie is in control of the route the entire rep. Very swift changes to the route that are incredibly smooth. Comebacks are great. Particularly adept at settling down inside of zones.
Ran a good, complex route tree at Alabama. Metchie understands the nuances to route running very well. Does a lot of subtle things to sell fakes and other things throughout the route well. Solid release ability. Shows the ability to make catches while getting two feet inbounds. Very solid hands. I love his catching ability. Has the capacity to serve as both a possession style receiver and a deep threat. Capable of making catches anywhere on the field. Catches so well through traffic. Doesn’t do as well through contact.
Very much a deep threat. Effective RAC receiver. Has the contact balance to shed more than just arm tackles. Has excellent field vision and is very effective with making people miss. Suitable run blocker. Will hold the perimeter down well.
You have to love the versatility that John Metchie offers within his skillset. There are so many ways that Metchie can contribute to a team, as a deep threat, a blocker, a possession receiver, and a run after catch weapon. He did it all at Alabama effectively, which makes him appear as a borderline starter immediately. But what about his ACL injury suffered against Georgia in the SEC Championship? This poses a problem immediately as he might not be prepared to play in week one.
Metchie projects as a first/second round pick with his late season injury potentially being a detriment to what he brings immediately to the field. In a deep receiver class, an injury will carry a larger penalty to draft stock than in a normal cycle.