The NFL combine is a sure-fire way for the top athletes in the draft to boost their stock in front of all 32 teams and a national, televised audience.
In 2015, West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White shot up to a top 10 pick after running a 4.35-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds.
This year, another wide receiver prospect is making a similar ascension.
D.K. Metcalf has taken over the NFL combine.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 2, 2019
— 6’3” 228lbs
— 27 reps
— 40.5" vertical
— 4.33 40 time
— 1.6% body fat pic.twitter.com/ZsFr1Iziks
D.K. Metcalf from Ole Miss stole all the combine headlines Saturday with his 27 bench reps and 4.33 40 while measuring in over 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, drawing comparison’s to White’s performance four years ago.
After DK Metcalf’s poor 3-cone/shuttle, a likely to be unpopular reminder of a ripped top college wideout who nuked portions of the #NFLCombine with his measurables/workout. Early injuries in the #NFL and plenty of regret since the #Bears took Kevin White No. 7 overall in 2015. pic.twitter.com/GbeF25JDSE— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 3, 2019
Both receivers boasted a rare combination of size and speed but struggled in the agility drills, perhaps signaling issues with changing direction quickly.
Metcalf was among the slowest wide receivers in the 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle, and White was closer to average in both tests.
The former Bears first-round pick saw his career derailed by injuries. As Metcalf goes into his NFL career, he could be an example of what could have been if White had stayed healthy.