Potential Patriots #1 - Iowa CB Desmond King

As draft day approaches in the upcoming weeks and months, we will be featuring a weekly series highlighting potential Patriots in the 2017 NFL Draft class. While predicting what Belichick will do is nearly impossible, we hope to provide an informative overview on prospects that fit the Patriots mold.

Potential Patriots #1

The first player in our Potential Patriots Draft Series is CB Desmond King out of Iowa. With Logan Ryan set to depart in free agency, the Patriots will have to fill a void at #2/slot CB. While they have in-house options such as Cyrus Jones & Jonathan Jones, Belichick may turn to the draft to improve the depth at CB.

Desmond King

5’10” 206 lbs.

#14 CB | Iowa Hawkeyes

               Associated Press

               Associated Press

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Overview

A four year starter & a 2015 Consensus All-American, Desmond King decided to return for his senior season to complete his education. He enters the draft as a decorated collegiate CB with questions regarding how his size & speed may affect him at the next level.

Strengths

  • Elite ball skills – 14 INTs in four years
  • Impressive instincts
  • Adept in zone coverage
  • Smooth & fluid hip movement
  • Accelerates quickly in & out of backpedal (change of direction)
  • Versatile – Experience covering the outside & slot
  • Toughness shows in run support
  • Sound tackler
  • Built & hits like a safety
  • Kick/punt return experience

Weaknesses

  • Lacks ideal height
  • Average deep speed
  • Inexperienced in man coverage
  • Press coverage technique needs refinement
  • Overreliance on hands could lead to penalties
  • Rarely tested senior year

 

Ball Skills

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                  King reads the QBs eyes and positions himself to make a play on the ball for an INT                   vs. Illinois

 

Instincts

                   King shows blitz, backs off, and covers the WR for a pass breakup vs. Wisconsin

 

Change of Direction

                   King accelerating quickly out of his break to defend the pass vs. Nebraska

 

Run Support

                   King beats his man to make the tackle vs. Wisconsin

 

Return Ability

                    King returns a kick close to midfield vs. Miami (OH)

 

Final Verdict

While lacking the size and athleticism of prototypical #1 CBs, King’s impressive instincts, fluidity, and acceleration should translate to success at the next level. Currently undervalued as a second round prospect, King is a complete four down player that can play the outside & the slot in a variety of defensive schemes.

NFL Comparison

Casey Hayward

Projection

Mid-late 2nd round

Draft Value

Mid-late 1st round