Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Kevin King

Kevin King, Washington (Cornerback)
6-3, 200
Kevin King was a four year player for the Huskies out of famed Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California, where he played for NFL and Cal Golden Bear legend Hardy Nickerson.
King came to the Huskies as a Safety before converting to Corner the last two seasons. He missed six total games in his career to injury or illness.
He played in ten games as a freshman, and finished with 17 tackles and one PBU.
As a sophomore, he played in 13 games, and finished with 65 tackles, three PBUs, one forced fumble, and one INT.
As a junior, he played in 11 games, and finished with 39 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, five PBUs, one forced fumble, and three INTs.
As a senior, he finished with 44 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 13 PBUs, and two INTs.
The Good
A big corner, which is what NFL coaches love to have.
Closes off real estate between the hash marks and the sidelines.
Solid checker off of the snap, and gets his jams in to take receivers out of plays early.
He will battle at the high point for the football.
Knows when to look for the football.
Gave up just one TD in 101 target attempts against him.
Nice hands, with 22 PBUs over his career.
Solidly aggressive against the run, and sheds blockers well down field.
Has played every spot in the secondary, and plays in multiple coverage packages.
The Bad
At times, has had a hard time reacting when a receiver gets by him off of the snap. He has to get the first pop in or else he fights to maintain pace.
Does not have great upper body strength, and can look a little lanky in film.
Does not change direction as well as you would hope, and lacks overall elite athleticism.
Combine 40 time was a huge surprise, as he does not play to that speed (4.43).
Tackling technique is sloppy.
Overall footwork needs some help.
Final Overview
King is a prototypical big corner who excels in man press coverage, but he needs to get the first pop in the chops in because he lacks the elite athleticism to keep up with speedy, shifty receivers in open space. He timed in the 40 at the combine very well, but that was not a norm for him, so it is a confusing number. The bets in the field are that he may have to move to free safety to cover up some instinctual issues, but his tackling technique is not quite where it should be for that position either. He is a bit of an enigma, because he looks the part, but doesn't always play to his skills. If he could put it all together, he is a great value player, but if he cannot, he could be a bust.

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