Invited to the NFL Green Room, Washington Huskies cornerback Kevin King did not hear his name called on Day one. But that may suit him just fine, as the Seattle Seahawks did not pick in round one
Washington Huskies cornerback Kevin King was invited to attend the NFL “Green room” at the 2017 NFL Draft. That green room is exclusive to 22 NFL draft prospects believed to most likely hear their names called in round one. That list can be found on the NFL.com website, but they are the following players:
2017 NFL DRAFT GREEN ROOM
S Jamal Adams, LSU – Selected 6th by Jets
DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama – Selected 17th by Redskins
DB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee -Selected 14th by Eagles
OT Garett Bolles, Utah – Selected 20th by Broncos
CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State – Selected 24th by Raiders
WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan – Selected 5th by Titans
RB Leonard Fournette, LSU – Selected 4th by Jaguars
CB Adoree’ Jackson, USC – Selected 18th by Titans
CB Kevin King, Washington
QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State – Selected 11th by Saints
DL Malik McDowell, Michigan State
DE Takkarist McKinley, UCLA – Selected 26th by Falcons
OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin – Selected 32nd by Saints
LB Haason Reddick, Temple – Selected 13th by Cardinals
OT Cam Robinson, Alabama
WR John Ross, Washington – Selected 9th by Bengals
DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford -Selected 3rd by 49ers
QB Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina – Selected 2nd by Bears
QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson – Selected 12th by Texans
CB Tre’Davious White, LSU – Selected 27th by Bills
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You Can Check In But You Can’t Check Out
Sometimes it happens. On one hand, the Green Room invitations are sent out only after carefully screening prospects in light of feedback from NFL Teams. On the other hand, the draft dictates the urgency of team selections. The early run on three quarterbacks pushed solid talent down. The secondary run on pass rushers delayed selections for some solid first round projected players.
University of Washington Huskies cornerback Kevin King is one such player. His projection was round one-two, and the zany selections in that first round delayed his entry into the NFL, if only by a day. That’s the bad news.
Now for the good news. The Seattle Seahawks, originally selecting at 26, traded back twice. The Seahawks now select at 34, 58, 90, 95, and 102 on Friday night (Day 2). Since the team is picking second, you can believe that Kevin King has a strong chance of coming off the board early tonight.
More Hope For Huskies
The University of Washington Huskies should see a big night in rounds two and three. With WR John Ross already drafted by the Bengals, that leaves seven prospects awaiting their name to be called:
Players on Offense
Players on Defense
Each player, whether in the Green Room or awaiting word with family and friends in more familiar surroundings, is fighting the ever present anxiety of complete uncertainty. On one hand, will their name be called? On the other hand, who will select them? In fact, will it all work out?
In the end, it will indeed all work out. Even if the player’s name is not called on in the draft, teams will scramble to sign unclaimed prospects as undrafted free agents. For many players, that is somewhat of a better option as it does give the player a chance to land with their choice of NFL team.
Sitting in the Green Room to open day two of the 2017 NFL Draft is not an enviable situation. But in the end, it all works out.