In D.K. Metcalf‘s brief NFL career, he has experienced a meteoric rise to stardom with the Seattle Seahawks. Metcalf has become a focal point in the Seahawks’ explosive offense that has put a promising future ahead of him. His stellar play has also earned him a unique nickname from LA Lakers star forward LeBron James.
D.K. Metcalf’s quick rise to stardom
D.K. Metcalf entered the NFL with several question marks concerning his ability to translate using his gifted physical traits at the next level.
The Seahawks took a chance on him with the 64th overall pick in last year’s draft, which has more than proven to be worth the selection. Metcalf has quickly risen to become arguably Russell Wilson’s favorite target in the passing game.
He displayed plenty of promise in his rookie campaign, which was highlighted by setting the NFL rookie playoff record with 160 receiving yards in a playoff game behind seven catches and a touchdown. Metcalf has continued that ascension in his second campaign, currently tied for fourth with 680 receiving yards on 36 receptions and tied for first with seven touchdown catches.
The Ole Miss product is on the trajection this season to post 1,554 receiving yards on 82 catches with 16 touchdown receptions. The 22-year-old has quickly become one of the league’s most explosive offensive factors. His tremendous play has also seen LeBron James become a huge fan and thrust upon him a new nickname.
LeBron James has new nickname for D.K. Metcalf
Over the years, LeBron James has made it well known that he’s a massive fan of the NFL with his support for some of the game’s biggest stars.
The LA Lakers star forward has now quickly latched onto D.K. Metcalf this season behind his tremendous play. During Metcalf’s stellar performance with 12 catches for 161 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers, James gave the Seahawks wideout the nickname “Baby Bron.”
There is some strong respect for what the 22-year-old can accomplish on the football field behind his bruising playing style. Metcalf isn’t exactly the same size (6-foot-4, 229 pounds) as James (6-foot-9, 250 pounds), but the two play their craft with similar mindsets.
They are both physically gifted players that have found tremendous success behind their size and strength. Metcalf may have James beat with his 4.33 40-yard dash speed, but they each have the unique ability to dominate games behind their physicality alone.
Metcalf has yet to address the situation, but he’s likely to fully embrace that new nickname coming from one of the greatest NBA players.
Bright future ahead with the Seahawks
Beyond getting a new nickname from an NBA legend in LeBron James, it further underlines the bright NFL future that D.K. Metcalf has ahead.
Metcalf has quickly earned Russell Wilson’s trust and confidence in his brief time in the league. The bond between the two will be a staple in the Seahawks offense for years to come, leading to many more highly productive campaigns that earn him multiple Pro Bowl selections. Wilson has never played with a wide receiver or offensive talent with the 22-year-old’s ability in his NFL career.
He’s already become one of the best deep-ball threats along with being a significant asset in the red zone due to his size and strength. Metcalf is only scratching the surface with his ability that could see him take his game to greater heights as he continues to improve at his craft.
The second-year wideout has arrived as a premier talent, and it’s on him to make the most of the unique opportunity in Seattle.