#38, Caleb King, RB
(5107, 217, 4.40-4.62) Georgia
Notes: Born 1/10/88, in Norcross, Georgia, King attended Parkview High School his first three years as a prep. As a sophomore in 2004, he had 936 rushing yards, 397 receiving yards, and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns. The following season, he gained 2,768 rushing yards, the most for a junior in state history. He also ran for 19 TDs, and had nine receptions for 188 yards and a touchdown. He transferred to the Greater Atlanta Christian School for his senior year (2006). That season, he recorded 939 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns before suffering a broken tibia. Scout.com rated him the fourth-ranked running back and the 25th-ranked player in the nation. Heavily recruited, he received many scholarship offers, including Auburn, Florida, Louisiana State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Southern California and Georgia.
College: Redshirted in 2007. Played in 11 games in 2008, primarily as a backup behind former first-round pick Knowshon Moreno (Broncos); rushed 61-247-1 (4.0 avg.) and caught 4-10. Slowed by a fractured jaw, he played in 10 games, starting five, in 2009, rushing 114-594-7 (5.2 avg.) with a long run of 75 yards and caught 10-108-1. Started 5 of 8 games in 2010, rushing 80-430-2 (5.4 avg.) and caught 2-8.
This YouTube clip shows King in various phases of the game with the Bulldogs.
King was arrested in October 2010 on an outstanding warrant from an incident in which he was stopped on June 20 and ticketed for going 76 mph in a 55 mph zone. King had failed to show up for an Aug. 6 court date, and a judge subsequently issued a warrant for his arrest. He was reportedly released after posting bond of "a little more than $300," according to Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman.
King also served a two-game suspension in December 2010 for skipping a fifth academic meeting. He missed most of the practices leading up to the Liberty Bowl and wasn't allowed to play in the loss to Central Florida. "I really don't think I can speak upon that," King told the Associated Press at the time. "It was a mistake and it won't happen again."
However, in July 2011 King was ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming season. He subsequently applied for inclusion in the NFL's Supplemental Draft, which was eventually held on Aug. 22, 2011.
Predraft: Reportedly measured 5117 (5-11 7/8), 217 pounds when he auditioned for pro scouts at Georgia's Woodruff Practice Fields on Aug. 16, 2011. He was said to have run as fast as a 4.49 forty.
Pro: Undrafted in the 2011 Supplemental Draft on Aug. 22, 2011, he agreed to contract terms with the Vikings later that day and formally signed after passing his physical the following day.
Positives: Effective between-the-tackles runner with good vision, instincts and pick. Reads his blocks nicely. Good burst and quickness up the field. Has a knack for navigating his way to daylight. Hits the hole with authority, runs hard, can cutback and shows a nifty spin move at times that makes tacklers miss. Breaks arm tackles. Usually heads North-South and seldom wastes movement running laterally. Runs with outstanding balance, quick feet and nice body lean. Will punish tacklers. Almost always falls forward. Shows good hands and concentration as a pass receiver. Did not catch the ball often in college, but has a lot of potential for that phase of the game. Capable cut blocker on pass protection. Makes some terrific, up-ending blocks on the blitz pickup. Knows how to protect the ball in traffic.
Negatives: Did not have the college career he should have due mostly to injuries and academic and off-field issues. As a runner, he does not show outstanding initial suddenness or pure breakaway, home-run speed. Needs work with technique on blocking. Has plenty to learn about the nuances of a pro-style passing game. Has had some injury problems.
Summary: One wouldn't have thought the Vikings were a logical landing spot for King, behind Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart and Lorenzo Booker. However, he is a naturally talented running back with a lot of upside to eventually develop into a legitimate contributor. He needs to show that he's ready to be a professional and seize the opportunity in the short time he has to establish himself in Minnesota.
What they said:
"My years at the University of Georgia have afforded me a tremendous opportunity to develop my skills on the field. Coach Mark Richt and the entire UGA football team and staff have been instrumental in my growth and development both on and off the gridiron. I have learned countless lessons that continue to mold me into a better individual and player. While I will miss my Bulldog family, I will continue to put my situation and future career in God's hands. I look forward to pursuing an opportunity at the next level and playing the game that I have loved since I was a young boy." – King
Scout's Notebook: RB Caleb King
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