The University of Mississippi has become a place where NFL teams are increasingly looking for talent at wide receiver. This season appears no different, as incoming juniors A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf are poised for dynamite seasons. Many around Oxford believe this will be the final season for the pair, as most NFL drafts experts project them being selected in the first round.
Both averaged over 16 yards-per-catch in 2017 with Brown leading the way grabbing 75 passes for 1257 yards. Metcalf hauled in seven touchdowns, while Brown led the team with 11.
Recently, both participated in the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodeaux, LA. The MPA is in its 13th season of hosting the nation’s best collegiate quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs and is owned by Archie, Cooper, Peyton and Eli Manning.
Both Brown and Metcalf have also been improving in the weight room this summer and it appears to be drawing attention.
“Deuce McAllister and I were talking about this yesterday at the camp that if both were a little bigger they would be playing DE,” Mike Detillier said.
While both are athletic, Detillier, who serves as pro football analyst for WWL-870 AM in New Orleans and ESPN Radio, notes he can see how hard the two have worked this off-season on attributes the casual fan might miss.
“You can see both have worked on their route running skills and coming out of their cuts and breaks quicker,” Detillier said. “What you see is the growth for them in the technique part of the game. They have the WOW factor.”
The SEC is well-known for wide receiver duos over the years, but the combination of Mississippi receivers might be the best to ever come through in the 13-seasons of the MPA.
“We haven’t seen a college teammate WR duo work Manning (Passing Academy) Camp this good since Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry when they were at LSU,” said Detiller.
High praise for the two players Ole Miss will be counting on to lead a potent offense this fall.
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