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Draft Day Two Present: Kevin King

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NFL Packers Make Kevin King Instant Royalty

When the Green Bay Packers traded out of the first round, fans murmured with confusion. The Pack traded back from the 29th pick down to the 33rd. Cheeseheads soon rejoiced, nobility would be added to the roster with the first pick in the second round. With the secondary being torched last season, Green Bay took defensive back Kevin King out of Washington.

College, Comparisons

King had the opportunity to head to the draft after his 2015 season, but returned in 2016 with an even higher level of play. Posting 44 tackles, two interceptions, 13 pass break-ups and 3.5 tackles-for-loss. The 13 PBU’s led a Washington State Huskies secondary that was one of the best in college football. He was a 2016 Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-12 and Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 as well.

King is comparable to Richard Sherman in his height and size. While his six-foot, 200-pound frame may initially catch the eye, it is his play that has drawn praise. Kevin King turns and locates the ball quickly. Kevin had just two interceptions last year, but he has great ball skills. One of the two came in the end zone, out jumping an Arizona State receiver with a one-handed snag. Most importantly, he typically does not allow points. He did not give up a touchdown last season, and just one in the last 28 games of his career.

Combine King

King flew under the radar for most of the 2016 season, but made waves when he walked into the 2017 NFL Combine. The Washington alumnus posted a 4.43 40-yard dash time, good for the eighth-fastest time among corners. In the 60-yard shuttle, he was far from disappointing. Kevin posted the third-fastest time at 11.14 seconds. King continued dominance, he posted the fastest three-cone drill of the entire combine at 6.56 seconds.

Sidney Jones caught most of the attention at cornerback upon initial review of the Huskies secondary. However, after his injury during Washington’s Pro Day, Kevin King’s stock began to rise. His combine performance only helped drive his stock up. Following a second look over his college career, many people found versatility combined with consistency. King has played the nickel, outside corner, and safety while excelling at each position. While make up speed and tackling may be a concern, a ceiling with comparative height to that of Richard Sherman makes King a second-round steal for Green Bay.