Canadian receiver John Metchie III leaves Alabama, enters 2022 NFL Draft

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Canadian receiver John Metchie III has decided to forego his senior season at the University of Alabama and enter the 2022 NFL Draft.

The 21-year-old suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the Southeastern Conference Championship game on December 4. That caused him to miss the Cotton Bowl and College Football Playoff National Championship, which the Crimson Tide lost to Georgia 33-18.

He was Alabama’s second leading receiver during his junior year, Metchie III posted 96 receptions for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns. The Brampton, ON native was considered a top prospect and projected by many analysts to be taken in the first round, but the extensive recovery time associated with his setback could drop his stock.

Metchie III burst onto the NCAA scene in 2020 as a key component of an Alabama receiving group that featured two first-round picks, including Heisman winner DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. The six-foot, 195-pound Canuck caught 55 passes for 916 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore, becoming the first Canadian in 17 years to win an NCAA national title.

At the conclusion of his second year, Metchie III took home the Jon Cornish Trophy as the best Canadian player in the NCAA. He is the younger brother of Calgary Stampeders’ safety Royce Metchie, who attended the University of Guelph.

Metchie III was born in Taiwan and lived in Ghana before moving to Canada at the age of six. He started his football path in Ontario, then shifted stateside to play high school football in Hagerstown, MD and at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.