NFL Draft Prospect D.K. Metcalf Cleared for All Activity After Neck Surgery

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2019

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 14: Wide receiver D.K. Metcalf #14 of the Mississippi Rebels escapes a tackle by cornerback Tre Herndon #31 of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Ole Miss Rebels wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, one of the position's top prospects in the 2019 NFL draft, received full clearance to resume all football activity Friday from Dr. Kevin Foley, who performed his neck surgery in October.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the update and noted Metcalf is expected to participate in all aspects of the NFL Scouting Combine, which starts Feb. 26.

The 21-year-old Mississippi native recorded 26 receptions for 569 yards and five touchdowns in seven games before his 2018 campaign came to a premature end because of the injury.

He tallied 39 catches for 646 yards and seven scores in 12 games during the 2017 season.

Metcalf, a redshirt sophomore, explained his decision to declare for the draft early during a November interview with Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.

"I had a month to weigh my options," he said. "I prayed to God and told Him to put the right decision in me. After meeting with [Ole Miss] coach [Matt] Luke, they did everything they could to give me the right information, and I made my choice."

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller graded Metcalf as the No. 31 overall prospect and the third-best receiver in the 2019 class on his latest big board. He listed the Rebels standout as the best outside receiver in the group, but also the biggest question mark because of his injury history.

Along with the neck surgery in late 2018, the 6'4", 230-pound target missed a majority of the 2016 season after suffering a foot injury.

A strong showing during the pre-draft process could solidify him as a first-round pick in April's draft based on his playmaking upside despite the health concerns.

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