Drew Lock, D.K. Metcalf fall out of first round in NFL draft
Some marquee players will have to wait another day to learn their fate in the NFL draft.
Missouri quarterback Drew Lock and Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf were among the biggest names who were not selected Thursday in the first round despite being projected to be early picks.
A four-year starter at Missouri, Lock finished second in Southeastern Conference history in career passing yards (12,193) and third in touchdown passes (99). But the 6-4, 228-pound quarterback struggled at times both with accuracy and turnovers, completing just 56.9% of his collegiate throws, though that mark rose to 62.9% in his senior season
In the lead-up to the draft, Lock said he was more concerned with team fit than being drafted highly.
"I'd 100% rather go 32nd to the right team than No. 1 to a bad team," Lock said earlier in the week.
The 6-3, 228-pound Metcalf played in just 21 games in college, missing most of his freshman campaign with a broken foot and having his season cut short last year by a neck injury for which he would later undergo surgery. But after telling reporters he had 1.9% body fat, he built a buzz at the combine by running a 4.33-second 40-yard dash and posting a 40 1/2-inch vertical.
Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor, Oklahoma offensive tackle Cody Ford, LSU cornerback Greedy Williams and Washington cornerback Byron Murphy were among the other notable players widely projected to be first-round picks who did not get the call Thursday.
The second and third rounds of the NFL draft will be held Friday starting at 7 p.m. ET.
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