Pauline mocks CB Kevin King to Birds at No.14?
Every Eagles’ fan that was on the Sidney Jones wagon has slowly come to terms with moving on from him, right? The CB prospect from Washington was a heavy fan-favorite if the Birds went cornerback in the first round.
Enter Tony Pauline’s latest mock draft and CB Kevin King. Pauline, a highly respected draft insider has always been dialed in with his Eagles inside information. So, take that for what it’s worth.
“Some may consider this a surprise, but King has been soaring up draft boards. He’s a talented corner who ran well at the combine and has awesome size and shutdown potential,” Pauline wrote.
The Washington prospect started his career as a safety, but moved over to cornerback his junior year, earning honorable mention Pac 12 honors. This past season, King had a solid year, posting 44 tackles, with 13 pass breakups following up with back-to-back honorable mention Pac 12 honors.
When it came time to make himself some money, King, answered with a strong outing at the combine. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound King put to rest some concerns about his athleticism, posting and impressive 4.43 in the forty, short shuttle, and three-cone drill. King showed off his rare size, length, and athleticism and had scouts going back to check the tape.
40 Yd Dash 4.43 secs (8th CB)
Vertical Jump 39.5 feet (2nd CB)
3 Cone Drill 6.56 secs (1st CB)
20 Yard Shuttle 3.89 secs (1st CB)
60 Yard Shuttle 11.14 secs (1st CB)
— Jonathan Valencia (@JonValencia_WiB) March 20, 2017
When the draft process began, King was a prospect that flashed talent that I was hoping that could be had in the third round. However, after a strong off-season and impressive outing at the combine, it’s King who may make teams change their tune. The Eagles actually met with King during the combine, but haven’t had him on an official team visit as of yet. If King can impress in the interviews it should do wonders for his stock moving forward.
In closing, No.14 is a bit high for my blood if other prospects like Leonard Fournette, Reuben Foster, Dalvin Cook, Mike Williams, or Corey Davis are on the board. King’s game could use some refining, however, I truly get the love(desperation) for cornerback for the Eagles and I’m all in favor of double dipping at the position in this draft. If King is actually their guy, I would assume they would move back to collect other picks before using the No. 14 pick for his services.
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