Metchie suffered a torn ACL in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, but he declared for the 2022 draft anyway. Up to that point, he was having a nice season for the Crimson Tide (96 receptions for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns).
According to Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network about a month ago, there are indications Metchie is on track for a quick recovery.
"I’m told so far so good. It was a clean tear. It looks like it’s going to be a quick rehab. There should be no issues with it. And I’m told that he’s probably going to go a little bit earlier than people think. I don’t know that he’s going to squeeze into the first round, but I think he could be off the board early in Round 2."
Metchie likely won’t be ready for Week 1 of the 2022 season. But if he’d not been injured he might have been a first-round pick, or even early second. Here in the third, the wait to take a wide receiver is easily over.
Asamoah is not a big man (6-foot, 6-foot-1). But in two years as a starter for the Sooners he was productive as a sideline-to-sideline run defender (146 total tackles in 23 games) and displayed improvement as a cover man. That skill set is ideal for the next level. He stood out at the Senior Bowl, as he was named top linebacker for the week from the National team coached by the New York Jets.
The Lions may be overhauling their inside linebacker corps this offseason. Taking someone in the draft sooner than the third round is a possibility, but the way things went here Asamoah landed as the last of Detroit’s top-100 selections.
The Lions don’t have a fourth-round pick in April’s draft.