After trading back with the Cleveland Browns to move back from the 29th overall pick to number 33, the Green Bay Packers have chosen cornerback Kevin King with the first selection on day two of the 2017 NFL Draft. King, who played college football for the Washington Huskies, presents a great combination of size and speed. Lining up at 6’3” and 200 pounds, he posted a 4.43 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. He also had the second best vertical jump, the best three-cone drill and the 20 yard shuttle among all cornerbacks. Clearly, he has elite athletic ability.
Not everyone turns these numbers into actual production, but King’s numbers only served to support the performance he put on the field. Over the last 101 passes targeted at receivers covered by King, only one resulted in a touchdown. In addition, he spent time playing on both sides of the field as well as the slot and even provided the versatility of playing safety on occasion.
Of course, 200 pounds is a bit thin for an athlete of his size and the fear is that he is far more finesse than physicality. Still, this is a player who saw the field all four years and started all of the last two years. He is an experienced player and a great coverage guy for a defense that needed to upgrade the pass defense.
What grade do you give the choice of Kevin King at #33?
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