D.K. Metcalf shows his heart is as big as his game

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The 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville kicks off on Thursday, but D.K. Metcalf and other prospects are already there impacting the community.

The pre-draft process of workouts and interviews is over, but some prospects continue putting in work, including Rebels wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. Along with other potential first round picks that will be in attendance at the NFL Draft, Metcalf spent time volunteering on Wednesday at the NFL Huddle Against Hunger Food Drive.

Being in Nashville, the NFL partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to help fight hunger in the community. Per their website:

"“The purpose of [Second Harvest Food Bank] is to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups, and individuals who wished to help provide food for hungry people in Middle Tennessee.”"

On Wednesday, Metcalf and other draft prospects were out on the front lines. He joined SEC-foes Josh Allen and Quinnen Williams, along with 500 other volunteers, in packing around 8,000 backpacks full of non-perishable foods. These food-filled backpacks will be dispersed throughout Middle Tennessee to needy kids.

To volunteer your time just some 24 hours before a life-changing event like the NFL Draft is special. Sure, it looks good in the media and it actually benefits people in need. But for Metcalf and other draft prospects to lend their time, it’s encouraging. He’s 21 years old and is likely to become a millionaire within the next day. Put him near the top of the list if you’re looking for a role model.

It’s Metcalf’s on-field potential that has NFL teams salivating, though. At 6-foot-3 and 228 lbs., running a 4.33 40-yard dash is special. You can’t teach speed … or height … and Metcalf possesses both, along with some off-field characteristics to help build a strong community.

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To follow along with all the events of Wednesday’s Huddle Against Hunger Food Drive, search the hashtags #NFL100 and #NFLHuddle100 on social media.