On January 23, Rob Staton posted a mock draft here at FieldGulls that had the Seattle Seahawks taking Kevin King, CB out of Washington. At the time, he was touted as a second round pick, with Daniel Jeremiah posting him at 50th on his big board on January 17. Not many had King as a first round prospect, though he was on the fringe. However, Rob saw athleticism in King that would likely result in elite combine numbers that would boost his stock to the first round, and that he’d be a perfect fit for the Seahawks defense.
Mel Kiper is catching up two months later.
Before Sidney Jones' Achilles' injury at the Washington pro day last week, the Huskies had a realistic chance of having two corners taken in the first round of the draft. King (6-3, 200) is a lanky, rangy defender who fits the Seattle mold of bigger defensive backs, and he knows his way around the city. In a great class of cornerbacks, he stands out for his size but can also move, as the 4.43 40 at the combine showed. The Seahawks could be in the market for an offensive tackle on Days 1 and 2 as well.
A week ago, Todd McShay mocked King to the Oakland Raiders at 24. All of the information was out there to assume that King, 6’3, 200, would post great times at the combine (4.43 forty-yard dash) and therefore that he’d be an ideal corner for the Seahawks, as well as many other teams. Now he’s “rising” up the boards even though nothing has changed except for Jones unfortunate injury.
Nice job on Rob for predicting another “riser,” just as he did with Garett Bolles and Haason Reddick.