Washington cornerback Kevin King has emerged from the shadows as a legitimate first-round prospect.
School: Washington Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200
King has the requisite height and length for the position, allowing him to make plays on the ball and break up contested passes. He uses his height to high-point the ball in the air, shifting into receiver mode to snatch the ball from the air. Uses his long arms and strong hands to consistently disrupt at the catch-point. Has quick feet and agility to stick with receivers in man coverage and make breaks in zone. Has experience playing on the outside, in the slot and at safety. Physical enough to manipulate receivers off of their routes and hold up against bigger receivers. In the run game, he’s not an overly-physical tackler, but wraps up well and is willing to stick his nose into the fray. He put on one of the better performances of any prospect at the NFL Combine, regardless of position (4.43 forty, 39.5″ vertical, 6.56 3-cone). Has high on-and-off field character, works hard and is respected by his teammates and coaches.
King has a lean build and can get over-matched at times. He doesn’t always play up to his measureables, losing focus and allowing quicker receivers to create too much separation. He is a long-strider that has issues with double-moves. Generally a reliable tackler, but far from an intimidator. Played in a defensive backfield with high-end talent (Sidney Jones, Budda Baker) and was rarely tasked with covering opposing #1 receivers with regularity. Played safety his first 2 years at Washington, so he still has grooming to do as a corner.
Kevin King has emerged as a legitimate first-round prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft after playing in the shadows of Marcus Peters and Sidney Jones throughout his collegiate career. He has the size, speed, agility and intelligence that NFL defenses covet. While he has played all over the defensive secondary, offering versatility, King has unlimited potential once allowed to focus on one position. With the unfortunate injury to his college teammate Sidney Jones and UCLA corner Fabian Moreau, King has a shot to be taken in the latter portion of round 1.
Late Round 1 – Early Round 2