Ole Miss prospects could be interesting to the Bills

Nathanael Gabler from the Oxford Eagle sheds some light on D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and Greg Little

Jon Simon
April 24, 2019 - 7:20 pm

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The 2019 NFL Draft is coming up this Thursday and there is still a lot of speculation on what the Buffalo Bills will do with their ninth overall pick. There are a number of intriguing prospects at each of the positions the Bills need to address; however, no prospect may be more interesting than Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, who turned a lot of heads at the combine in March. 

Metcalf measured in at 6' 3", 228-pounds and is widely believed to be the best wide receiver prospect in this year's draft. The Mississippi native was limited to just seven games in his third and final season last year at Ole Miss due to a neck injury, but he still managed to record 26 catches for 569 yards and five touchdowns. While the numbers aren't eye-popping, Metcalf is a highly-touted prospect due to his strong showing at the combine and incredible physique. 

“Guys that are that big don’t usually move the way D.K. does, he’s a freak athlete," said Nathanael Gabler from the Oxford Eagle, who was on WGR with Howard and Jeremy after the combine in March. "He has great acceleration off the line of scrimmage. We saw the 4.33 40-yard dash, but he had the second-largest wingspan in the history of the combine. So the catch radius that comes along with that is pretty outstanding.”

Metcalf's Ole Miss teammate, and fellow Mississippi native A.J. Brown is another top-ranked receiver in this year's draft. Brown was actually considered the No. 1 option with the Rebels this past season and the stats back it up. Brown caught 85 passes for a school-record 1,320 yards and six touchdowns. In his last two seasons at Ole Miss, Brown made 160 catches for over 2,500 yards. From Gabler's comments, Brown could be just as good, if not a better pick than Metcalf.

“As a college receiver, it wasn’t really a debate [between Brown and Metcalf]" Gabler said. "A.J. was always the main guy, he was the go-to. I think he’s 6' 1" and fits that bigger slot receiver mold. Think like Larry Fitzgerald in the later part of his career or Adam Thielen. He’s not the testing guy that D.K. is, but he runs incredible routes and is great after the catch, it’s so hard to bring him down in the open field. It’s an interesting one-two punch, and I think there’s a chance they’re the first two receivers off the board.”

Offensive tackle Greg Little is another prospect from Ole Miss that could be on Buffalo's radar. Little ranks among the top tackles in this year's draft and was voted first-team SEC last season after starting all 12 games for the Rebels. Despite having tremendous strength and a solid college career under his belt, Gabler brought up a few red flags when it comes to Little.

“Being able to get to the point of attack and being able to push guys behind the quarterback is his strength," Gabler mentioned. "He didn’t test well. He ran a 5.3 40-yard dash and there are only four tackles drafted in the first round who ran a 5.3 or slower, none of them are still playing on a team.” 

You can hear the full interview with Gabler below:

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