The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone with teams making their best picks for the future. In the case of the Seattle Seahawks, they had 11 total picks over the course of the draft. That included standout wide receiver DK Metcalf from Ole Miss. The star player was the team’s No. 64 pick in the draft’s second round and considered a steal for a team with uncertainty at that position. Metcalf will be playing in a football game soon enough, but ahead of that he’ll make his Madden 20 player debut.
DK Metcalf reveals Madden 20 player
Recently, a bunch of upcoming rookies were shown in EA’s exclusive Madden video. The future stars were enoying themselves as they got official face scans and likenesses created for the new Madden 20 game. Amongst those players was top draft pick Kyler Murray as well as fellow picks Josh Allen and Quinnen Williams.
A guy who wasn’t in that video was DK Metcalf, a star at the NFL Scouting Combine. At the 2019 Draft, Metcalf was a second-rounder but will still get into the Madden game. He recently tweeted a shoutout to the EA Sports Madden folks. The video below reveals the Madden 20 DK Metcalf in full celebratory motion.
Metcalf seems excited to be in the video game and is probably anxious to get on the real field too. Some of the fans believe he needs more muscle definition (for his Madden player). That’s because he brings quite the build and skills to the real football field.
Metcalf is 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, per ESPN. While playing for Ole Miss, he had 26 receptions for 569 yards and five touchdowns. He was only a sophomore coming out of college, so he’s got plenty of potential to become an heir apparent to Doug Baldwin in Seattle.
As far as rookie ratings go, that’s anyone’s guess, but most rookies don’t get higher than the mid-80s. Metcalf will rise up in player ratings based on how much and how well he plays for coach Pete Carroll in his rookie season.
While Metcalf isn’t in Madden 19, the game added all of the first-round picks via a special NFL Draft event in Ultimate Team. For those who want to use the virtual DK Metcalf on the Seattle Seahawks, it’ll mean waiting for Madden 20 to arrive on August 2.
After moving back
in the second round earlier in the evening, the Seahawks made a
selection with the 47th overall pick, taking University of Utah safety
Blair, who is 6-foot-1, 196 pounds, started 12 games for the Utes
last season and earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors, finishing with 59
tackles, two for a loss. He played both safety positions, starting four
games at strong safety and eight at free safety.
“I can be physical in the box and I can cover in the back area,” Blair said via conference call shortly after learning he’d become a member of the Seahawks.
Blair said he split his time pretty evenly between those free and strong safety during his career, and said he can play both spots because, “I can be physical in the box and I can cover in the back end.”
Known as a big-hitter at Utah, Blair said the part of his game he takes the most pride in is “definitely my physicality.”
“Marquise will fit in great with our style, and he’s what we covet from a safety,” said Tyler Ramsey, Seattle’s area scout who covers the West. “He’s a guy that can play either position. He’s got great speed on the back end, but really loves to be physical and mix it up in the box near the line of scrimmage.”
Blair is the second defensive player selected by Seattle in as many round along with defensive end L.J. Collier, the Seahawks’ first-round pick.
Before enrolling at Utah, Blair was a junior college All-American at Dodge City Community College.
Here’s where Seattle’s draft picks stand after the Blair pick:
The Seahawks upgraded their defensive line on the first day of the
2019 NFL Draft, selecting L.J. Collier, a defensive end out of TCU with
the 29th overall pick. They also added to their overall draft capital
for the rest of the draft, something that was important to a team that
came into the week holding just four picks.
After trading Frank Clark to the Chiefs for the 29th pick and a
2020 second-rounder, the Seahawks added more picks on Thursday night by
first moving back from No. 21 to No. 30 overall in a trade with Green
Bay that netted Seattle two additional picks, then later by trading the
30th pick to the New York Giants for a second-round pick, a
fourth-rounder and a fifth-rounder.
When the dust settled, the Seahawks ended the day with a player
they’re expecting to be a difference maker for their defense, as well as
a total of eight picks over the next two days. The trade with the
Packers got the Seahawks the 30th pick, as well as two fourth-rounders
(114 and 118 overall), then the Seahawks turned pick No. 30 into a
second-rounder (37 overall), a fourth (132) and a fifth (142).
“Exciting night,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said. “A lot going on there. That’s one of the craziest first rounds that we’ve seen. A lot of stuff shaking there.”
On adding so many picks, Schneider said, “We were excited to add a
couple of picks. We really feel like we’re back in the mix in this draft
in 2019, and we’re looking forward to the rest of the weekend… It’s
important. It was very important. You look at where we started out with
having four picks going into this thing, it’s not a good feeling. I
think everybody understood where we were at in terms of trading back.
Our guys (director of pro personnel Nolan Teasley), (pro personnel scout
Willie Schneider), (co-directors of player personnel Scott Fitterer and
Trent Kirchner) and (director of college scouting) Matt Berry,
everybody did a great job of calling all the teams and letting everybody
know we were in the mix with everything. We were in it probably about
eight to 10 picks away, we were in it trying to figure out how we were
going to improve the depth of our whole draft.”
On Collier, Schneider said, “We’re really excited to get L.J… L.J.
fits us. He’s a heavy-handed, tough, chip-on-his-shoulder guy.”
Collier has physical talents, to be sure. As Schneider described
seeing Collier at the Senior Bowl, “Being on the field at the Senior
Bowl was really a cool thing to see, because he’s got those heavy hands,
he jumps off the ball, he’s got snap anticipation.” But the Seahawks
also liked Collier for some of his intangibles. Collier didn’t get a ton
of recruiting interest as a small-school prospect out of tiny Munday,
Texas—he graduated in a class of 25 seniors—then during his freshman
year at TCU, his mother, Ruby, died after a battle with cancer.
“My mother means the world to me,” Collier said on a conference call after Seattle drafted him. “She’s watched me play every game and she believed in me all the time. I know that she was thinking of me tonight and she was with me here tonight. That’s why I’m going to give it my all, because I’m going to give my all for her like I did in college. Nothing’s changed; I’m still hungry and I’m still ready to go.”
As Schneider put it, “He’s just our kind of guy, that’s the best way to describe it.”
Added Carroll, “The thing I like the most is the chip-on-the-shoulder mentality. He’s got something to prove, and that came through in interviews… He’s one of our guys.”
With a 6-foot-2, 291-pound frame, the Seahawks see Collier as a
defensive end who can also play as an interior lineman, particularly in
“He’s going to play five-technique (end) for us, and he’s very flexible and he can move around,” Carroll said. “The name I saw on TV—he’s a lot like Michael Bennett. He has the versatility and the style and the penetration ability. He’s really slippery, terrific pass-rush makeup. So we’re going to fit him right into the scheme in that regard. We think it’s going to work out great. You could see early on that he had that kind of stuff to him. He’s real long, really good length, and he’s got a really nice pass-rush bag of tricks. He’s got all the stuff. So we think we’ve really got something special. And I fell in love with the fact that he had a big chip on his shoulder and he wanted to prove it and all that. He’ll really fit in.”
As for the decision to trade Clark, Carroll and Schneider both said
the hope had been to sign him to a long-term deal, but the increasing
price of top defensive ends, as well as Kansas City’s pursuit of Clark,
led to the decision to part ways with the 2015 second-round pick.
“We love Frank, and he did a lot of great stuff here,” Carroll
said. “We had every intention of doing a long-term deal with him and
hoped that we could; the market just went crazy. It just went out there
so far. We just couldn’t work it in, so we had to make him available.
We’ve got a lot of work to do—John’s got all kinds of stuff he’s doing
with contracts, guys on the team, and there’s a big picture here… We
wish him the best. We loved him, we really did, and hate we couldn’t
stay together. Frank had a great opportunity we weren’t going to be able
to afford here. We love him so much and we’re happy for him in that
Schneider also noted that Kansas City’s aggressive pursuit of Clark helped facilitate the deal.