After a sensational 2017 NFL Combine, the projections of Washington Husky cornerback Kevin King in 2017 NFL Draft continue to rise. The latest by EPSN’s Todd McShay has King picked as 11th overall in draft
If you’ve been following the Husky Haul, you know that the University of Washington cornerback Kevin King is due to impress some folks. After helping the Washington Huskies to the NCAA Football playoffs, Kevin King readied himself for the NFL.
The first stop on the journey was the 2017 NFL Combine. There, he did not only show up, but he seemed to be showing off. His performance was stellar. In fact, even during the combine, many were projecting him to climb in the college rankings.
The first sign of King moving up the charts occurred two weeks ago when Mel Kiper reflected CB King to the Seattle Seahawks in round one. Todd McShay, his colleague, was there as Kiper revealed his projections. Apparently McShay though Kiper shortchanged King. And so:
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How High Is High Enough?
Could King go that high? Perhaps higher. You see, King is the right dimensions for a modern NFL cornerback. King has also been well coached, playing a versatile style which suited the needs for the Washington Huskies defense.
He now will be tasked with translating that same hard hitting close coverage style into the NFL. Unfortunately, much of the NFL plays on east coast time, and King is all west coast. But he has some things in his advantage. King plays blue collar football, which translates well on film to east coast schemes. Additionally, both King and his partner Sidney Jones IV practiced day in and day out against wide receiver John Ross, who many feel are also first round talents in their own right.
Kevin King may not be selected in the top ten selections of the 2017 NFL Draft. But he has earned the right to be included in the discussion. With the needs of many NFL teams centering on the defensive backfield, there will be no shortage of demand for King in the NFL Draft. Wherever he is selected, that NFL team will find King exceeds expectations.
So don’t be surprised if King is selected as high as 11th in the 2017 NFL Draft. I will be modestly surprised if he is not.