Following his selection by the Green Bay Packers with the 33rd pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, Kevin King spoke to Packers’ beat writers and media by phone on Friday evening. King addressed questions relating to his height, his skill set, and most importantly his new destination.
Here’s what King had to say tonight after being drafted.
How did you spent Thursday night in Philadelphia after not getting drafted in round one?
“After last night, emotions were flying, I didn’t really know what to think. All I can do is what I knew how to do. I went back to the hotel and I went and worked out. I ran on the treadmill for about an hour and I hit the weights.”
What are your feelings about being drafted by the Packers?
“I feel great about it. It’s a great organization. You always hear a lot about Lambeau Field and the fans and I’m blessed to be a part of it.”
Did you have much contact with the Packers during the process?
“I had a little bit of contact. I had a formal visit with them at the Combine. I actually didn’t visit them so I wasn’t too sure but everybody told me that you can’t really tell how interested a team is. I knew they needed a corner and I thought they might take me in the first round but they traded back for me and it’s a blessing.”
Did you watch the NFC Championship Game?
“Yeah I did. I watched that. That was an interesting one...anything I can do to help is what I’m here to do...I’m definitely up to (covering Julio Jones). I’m definitely ready to get with the coaches and learn the scheme and go out there and make plays for the Pack.”
How was the transition from safety to cornerback?
“Now I know what everyone’s doing. I know what safeties look at, I know what nickels look at, now I’m at corner. I played corner all my life so it was kind of a homecoming (moving back from safety) ... it is a little different being one on one, because at safety you have to look at a little bit of everything.”
What is your relationship like with fellow Washington CB Sidney Jones (who was drafted 43rd by the Eagles)?
“If he would have went way before me, I would have been just as happy for him. It’s no type of competition in that aspect. We don’t fight like that. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him, doing all this media stuff, but I will call him as soon as I can.”
How does being a taller player help you as a cornerback?
“There’s a lot of big, fast guys in this league and quarterbacks who can put it on the money. There’s a small margin for error when you’re 6’3” and you’re athletic, so that’s your advantage when the ball’s in the air.”
Being from Oakland, are you disappointed that the Raiders are moving?
“As a fan, yeah, I’m sad for the city. But I’m a cheesehead now, so it doesn’t really matter to me.”