Kyle Shanahan wishes DK Metcalf wasn’t in the NFC West

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Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf quickly has become one of the best in the league. The 49ers become the latest team to try to slow him down.

On Friday, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was asked about Metcalf as a draft prospect.

“You could see how big he was, how he ran, had the ability to do everything,” Shanahan told reporters. “In his offense a little bit, they didn’t, you know, he’s kind of stayed at one spot. He didn’t get to do as many routes as he’s doing now, so you couldn’t see all of that. He had some bad luck with some injuries, which I think made some people worried, but everyone sees now. He’s as good as there gets right now. He’s been healthy, plays hard and he’s got a big future. Wish he wasn’t in our division.”

He could have been in the division — and on the team. Shanahan picked receiver Deebo Samuel near the top of round two. And Samuel has been very good. But Metcalf has been better.

Here’s where the alternative-reality exercise gets interested. The Seahawks took Metcalf with the 64th overall selection. The 49ers had the 67th pick. They took receiver Jalen Hurd, who has landed on season-ending IR in each of his two NFL seasons.

18 responses to “Kyle Shanahan wishes DK Metcalf wasn’t in the NFC West

  1. He has been better than anyone expected… Shanahan is right he was stuck in a system in college where he could not showcase his skills. The knock on him is he did not have a route tree and was only good for straight up the field…he was chosen in the second round and does not have a fifth year option…. but he does play for the Seahawks and will take a take a friendly contract to stay and play with Russell and will win the next 10 Súper bowls…..if you ask seahawk fans like Thomas and Sherman did…..

  2. Pick 64 in the 2019 draft. I actually was hoping the Packers took him at #12. The Pack got Darnell Savage(Beast) and Rashan Gary and Elgton Jenkins(Beast) in the first 44 picks in 2019, but I would not have been mad taking Metcalf at 12. I was all about him that first night. Props to Seattle for that one.

  3. Whats the line on hurd landing the trifecta next year. Putting my money one yes, IR before season starts.

  4. He’s fun to watch but reminds me of David Boston. WR’s that last are fast, smart, and graceful. Will be entertaining for a little while at least.

  5. I’m not judging the career’s of Deebo Samuel vs. D.K. Metcalf quite yet. They’re not even 1/4 into the race. One is playing with a HOF QB. How many people remember Wes Welker in Miami, before he hooked up with Tom Brady in New England? Look at a guy like Dez Bryant. What happened to him? Then look at a Larry Fitzgerald. If you bet on horse racing, don’t rip up your ticket if your horse isn’t leading out of the gate.

  6. The comparison of Metcalf to Deebo is apples to oranges as Deebo is used as a hybrid receiver / running back, at which he’s been dominant, when available.

  7. D.K. Metcalf is still a year away if not later this postseason from showing how good he really will be.

    The real guy Kyle should wish that wasn’t in the NFC west Is Russell Wilson. Wilson is incredible and is honestly one of the best QBs I’ve ever seen. He single handedly wins games for Seattle

    As a 9ER fan i can’t hate. Wilson is a bad MF

  8. charliecharger says:
    October 30, 2020 at 11:51 pm
    I’m not judging the career’s of Deebo Samuel vs. D.K. Metcalf quite yet. They’re not even 1/4 into the race. One is playing with a HOF QB. How many people remember Wes Welker in Miami, before he hooked up with Tom Brady in New England? Look at a guy like Dez Bryant. What happened to him? Then look at a Larry Fitzgerald. If you bet on horse racing, don’t rip up your ticket if your horse isn’t leading out of the gate.
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    Are you insinuating Garopollo won’t be HOF?

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