CB's Agent Confirms Cardinals Are Interested

Antrel Rolle's move to free safety has left a precarious situation at cornerback and could cause GM Rod Graves to spend a first-day pick on the position. Cardinalinsider.com's James Jones offers up an exclusive interview with a draft prospect who has top flight speed and tenacity. This player's agent also chimes in...and confirms Arizona is interested.

Justin King (5'11", 192 pounds) is a quick and agile cornerback out of Penn State. In 2007, he posted 49 tackles and two interceptions. However, there is more to King than his modest numbers. He is an amazingly hard worker on and off the field and has the drive to be the best.

"I had my Pro Day on March 18th and it went very well," King said. "I am really trying to stay sharp and continue to work on drills, technique and my conditioning so that I am ready to contribute when the time comes."

King is a dual threat, and that doesn't refer to the time he spent playing offense as a freshman. Instead, it speaks to his ability to excel on the field and in the classroom. He graduated last December, just 35 months after enrolling at Penn State.


CB Justin King
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Entering last season, King was named one of the frontrunners for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented to the best cornerback in the nation. That hype was based on his performance in 2006, when he did a number on both Ted Ginn and Robert Meachem, holding them to six catches for 48 yards and zero TDs.

According to his agent, Eric Metz of Lock, Metz and Malinovic, King is on the radars of many NFL teams.

"Justin has had interest from a number of teams: the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers just to name a few.

He is an outstanding kid. It's almost like you're talking to a full-grown adult when you speak with him. His parents did an amazing job in raising him and that is what every scout and general manager says after having a conversation with him."

King had his Pro day on March 18th and managed to put up impressive numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.31), vertical jump (34 inches) and broad jump (10'07"). These numbers have him projected to be a late second-round pick.

"I have really been working on my drills and strengthening so I can succeed at the next level," King said. "I have been lifting and running, just really trying to stay in shape and maintain myself."

The Cardinals are looking for a nickel back to replace Antrel Rolle, which is where King could come in and work wonders. Arizona has no established depth behind projected starters Eric Green and Roderick Hood.

If Arizona neglects to choose a cornerback in the first round of the draft, look for the Cardinals to target King in the subsequent rounds.


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