The Green Bay Packers made a big move with the first pick of the draft’s second round. They selected Washington CB Kevin King at #33 overall.
The Packers traded back on the draft’s first day, but got their man in round two. They used their first pick of 2017 to add one of the rookie class’ best young cornerbacks. Kevin King will now call Green Bay home.
After an abysmal performance from its corners in 2016, the team knew that CB was its biggest needs. King can help fill that hole immediately, and could easily compete to earn a starting role from day one. While he obviously hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet, he has the measurements and skill set to greatly improve the defensive backfield.
At 6’3”, he becomes the tallest cornerback on the Packers’ roster. That size will undeniably help him match up against the likes of Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, and some of the NFC’s other top receivers. While length looks like his biggest asset, he also ran a respectable 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine.
He needs to improve his tackling and recovery speed, but King’s versatility makes him a textbook Ted Thompson pick. He has experience in the slot, outside, and also played some safety in college. The CB finished his career at Washington with six interceptions and 22 passes defended.
Like most cornerbacks, King will likely require an adjustment period before succeeding in the NFL. But for now, it seems like the Packers made a good decision for their team moving forward. A young defensive backfield of King, Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, and Davon House won’t become the league’s top unit by any means. But if King plays well as a rookie and third-year players Randall and Rollins bounce back from rough sophomore seasons, the unit could show significant improvement and promise in 2017.