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|After being selected with the 44th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Houston Texans receiver John Metchie hoped to make an immediate impact, despite tearing his ACL in the SEC Championship game a few months before. However, on July 24, just days before training camp, Metchie was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, sidelining him for his entire rookie campaign. Thankfully, Metchie's condition has immensely improved and he has participated in Houston's voluntary minicamp in late April and is expected to start in 2023.
Metchie hauled in 96 receptions for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns during his final year at Alabama, finishing in the top 10 among SEC receivers in each category. The Crimson Tide product's route-running abilities are top tier as he's proficient at getting open on all three levels. However, it can be argued that Metchie's best assets are his hands. The soon-to-be 23-year-old (July 18) had just 15 drops on 171 targets throughout his collegiate career and excelled at hauling in passes when under heavy pressure.
Working out of the slot, Metchie can have some value in PPR leagues, but will start out as a late-round pick in fantasy football drafts and probably won't see much time starting in your lineups. However, if you give him a year or two, the cancer survivor could be on the rise due to his route running and inability to drop the ball.
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