Kevin King was the sixth cornerback off the board but our third-ranked player at the position.
King has an unparalleled skill-set. At 6-foot-3, he moved better than any of the shorter cornerbacks. He was almost one-tenth of a second faster than any other cornerback in the 20-yard shuttle (3.89) and three-cone drill (6.56). Only one other corner was under 4 seconds in the shuttle “I can’t think of anyone” with that combination of size and agility, director of football operations Eliot Wolf said.
King instantly becomes the Packers’ fastest corner. He ran a 4.43 in the 40 at the Scouting Combine.
“It’s something we look for,” Wolf said. “One of our goals this year was to try and get faster and I think we got the tallest corner in the draft and a guy that runs really fast and a guy that can make plays on the ball. We’re really excited about it.”
According to Pro Football Focus, King ranked 14th in yards per pass route (0.87), 12th in passer rating (55.6) and 14th in completion percentage (50.0) in our list of the top 25 cornerback prospects. During his two years at cornerback, he tallied five interceptions and a total of 29 passes defensed. He had two picks and 15 passes defensed as a senior. King didn't allow a touchdown reception but missed way too many tackles (nine) last season.
Pro Football Focus: King isn’t the finished article yet, but he has huge upside and talent as well as being one of the few corners in this class that fits the current NFL prototype to the letter as if he had been drawn up in a general manager’s Frankenstein laboratory. There are inconsistencies to his game, and he may struggle underneath against quicker, shifty receivers, but he could become a high-level shutdown player deep down the field and has the ball skills to create turnovers as well as just limit receptions.
King, on the advantage of being taller than other cornerback prospects: “Disrupting receivers, especially those bigger guys, as well as those smaller guys. And really, everyone wants to go up and get the ball. You're really defined by the plays you make, and our job on defense is to score and get the ball back on offense. Everybody looks at the guys who go and create plays and turnovers, and that's what makes the defense great.”
King, on the coverage he played at Washington: “I'm a man coverage type of guy. We played man a lot, we had the personnel to do it, and the coaches trusted us to do it. I got comfortable with it. We mixed up a little zone in there too, and I can play in whatever scheme they put me in.”
Wolf, on whether King is a press-man corner: "He can definitely be that. He's done it all. For such a tall guy, he’s played in the slot, he’s played safety. We do view him more as a corner, but we think he can really help us."
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