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Washington CB Kevin King Could Be on the Eagles Radar in Round 2
- Updated: April 9, 2017
Marshon Lattimore and Marlon Humphrey are the top two cornerbacks in this deep draft class. Both of these players possess the talent to definitely be starting corners coming right out of college. However, both of them will most likely be gone by the time the Eagles pick.
In addition Sidney Jones and Teez Tabor are two corners that were originally being talked about going in the first round. However, both of them have now fallen out of the first round. Jones tore his Achilles at Washington’s pro day, and Tabor’s stock began to fall after he had a bad combine.
The Eagles are in a position that they’re in dire need of help at several positions, most notably CB, RB, and DE. The general feeling among both fans and pundits is that Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas should let the draft board play itself out and take the best player available to them when they’re on the clock. If the team decides to go in a direction other than corner in round one, there are still options with their next pick.
Kevin King is a viable target in the second round.
King’s one of the unique corners in this draft due to his size, 6’3, 200 lbs. Due to this size, King is able to meet a receiver at the high point of the catch. He has a good feel for finding the ball when it is in the air, and he has good hands to intercept the football.
2013: 6 games, 17 tackles, 1 pass defensed
2014: 12 games, 64 tackles, 1 interception, 3 passes defensed
2015: 11 games, 39 tackles, 3 interceptions, 5 passes defensed
2016: 14 games, 44 tackles, 2 interceptions, 13 passes defensed
In addition, King is also very physical and is good against the run due to his good tackling ability. King has played safety during his time in college as well as cornerback, showing that he has versatility to do many things.
King is gifted in the size department, but when it comes to technique and athleticism, King is still a bit raw. He doesn’t have the speed to keep up with quicker NFL receivers and his size can make it difficult for him to make quick adjustments during the play. Also, King sometimes can get caught trying to arm tackle players, something that doesn’t work against the bigger, stronger players in the NFL.
Although he is still a little unpolished, King’s a player that has the size to be a special NFL cornerback. Knowing that the Eagles have had a tendency to gravitate toward hybrid Safety/Corners in the last few years, King is someone Eagles fans may want to keep an eye on.
Draft Projection: Early to mid second round