The decision will probably not be announced until after Iowa's bowl game but Iowa cornerback Desmond King will have an announcement to make. The Hawkeyes' standout is a candidate to leave college a year early and enter the NFL Draft. He's projected by numerous experts to be picked in the first, second, or third round.
He has yet to make a decision on whether or not he'll return to Iowa for his senior season. King was not on the radar of any mock draft before the year but his performance propelled him into some first round projections by a few of the experts. Not only was King a consensus all-american selection and an all-conference selection, but he also was awarded the Tatum-Woodson trophy for the top defensive back in the Big Ten and he was the recipent of the Jim Thorpe Award as well, given out annually to the best defensive back in the country.
Some of the statistics that lead to those accolades were his 67 total tackles and his eight interceiptions. His eight interceptions tied a school record that was set by Nile Kinnick and Lou King, and was good for second in the NCAA during the 2015 regular season.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz thinks King has even more to his arsenal and much higher ceilings to reach.
"It's representative of what you hope happens to a player," Ferentz said about King. "He got thrown in early, probably before he was ready, but he really responded well. The next year played solid a football a year ago. And year three he's elevated his production, his game, to a whole different level. I think he's still got another step to go, personally. That's been fun to watch. And that's what you hope all your players are doing. It may not be as dramatic as what he did to win a national award like the Thorpe Award. That's exceptional. But you want to see that progress. Anytime that happens that's a great thing."
King is more than ready to make the jump to the professional ranks, and he has every chance to make a very positive impact in the league, but his head coach just hopes he gets the accurate information he needs to make a well-informed decision.
"We gathered information," Ferentz noted about King's process. "We told him we would do that. He's going through the advisory board like anybody should. That information will come back right before the holidays. We'll get all the information, so he's got accurate information. And go from there. The big thing I want any player to do is make a well-informed decision, not one based on voodoo, those Magic 8 balls, or the guy down the street, or Uncle Tim, you know, or whatever it may be."
With the great supporting cast that he has, and the coaching staff to help him through it, I expect that there will be no worries about what happens with Desmond King. He'll have the people around him that he needs to make the best decision for himself.