Brampton, Ont. native and Alabama receiver John Metchie III was taken 44th overall in the NFL Draft on Friday night by the Houston Texans.
— NFL (@NFL) April 30, 2022
Metchie is the top-ranked player in the CFL Scouting Bureau’s spring rankings.
In his final season in Tuscaloosa, Metchie recorded a team-high 96 receptions for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns.
His 96 receptions were the third-most in Crimson Tide single-season history, lifting Metchie to the storied program’s 13th 1,000-receiving yard season. Metchie finished his collegiate career with 155 catches, 2,081 receiving yards and 14 majors.
In 2020, Metchie won the CFP National Championship. He’s a two-time winner (2021, 2022) of the Jon Cornish Trophy as the top Canadian in the NCAA. He is the award’s second back-to-back winner.
Metchie could still hear his name called on Tuesday, May 3 at the CFL Draft. Teams often use a late-round pick on an exceptional Canadian talent even though they are taking their first steps at building an NFL career.