Alabama football's John Metchie to enter NFL Draft, Jordan Battle to return | Report

Mikey DiLullo
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football wide receiver John Metchie will declare for the 2022 NFL Draft, ESPN's Chris Low reported Friday.

Defensive back Jordan Battle is expected to return as a senior, Low reported also on Friday.

Metchie played sparingly as a freshman before breaking out as a sophomore in 2020. In 2021, he caught 96 passes for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns, all career highs. Metchie missed the College Football Playoff with a knee injury suffered in last month's SEC Championship Game.

He will be the third Alabama receiver to enter the NFL draft, joining Jameson Williams and Slade Bolden.

Battle had the best season of his college career as a junior. He made 85 tackles, defended three passes, and intercepted three passes, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He would join linebacker Henry To'o To'o and defensive lineman DJ Dale in returning in 2022.

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