Pick 26: Seahawks select Kevin King, CB Washington
It has nearly become cliche to send King to the Seahawks in a mock draft. In ESPN’s Todd McShay’s latest Mock Draft, he also has the Seahawks taking the corner. It is not hard to see why. I wrote this about King last month:
"King has been shooting up draft boards after an epic combine performance. According to 3sigmaathlete.com King graded out as the best athlete at the combine, scoring a 142.8 SPARQ, which ranks in the Top 0.7 percent of NFL corners. In the coming weeks, the Seahawks might have to snag King with its first pick, as he continues to rocket up the draft boards. In terms of fit, King appears that he was built in a laboratory to become a Legion of Boom defensive back. King stands at 6 foot 3, with the requisite 32-inch arms to play outside opposite Richard Sherman for Seattle. King is uniquely gifted with exceptional agility for his size. His 20-yard shuttle time of 3.89 seconds and 6.56 s 3 cone drill both rank in the 96th percentile, considered elite for any cornerback, let alone a 6 foot 3 inch, 200 pound cornerback. King tackles well for a corner and even spent time at free safety in 2015. While comparing him to Sherman is a tough ask, (those are big shoes to fill) it is not hard to see why some have started to make that comparison. The combination of size and ball skills is similar to Sherman, but King is the better athlete–hence the higher draft day price than the fifth-rounder Sherman."
At that time, I still saw King as a perfect compliment to Sherman. Now, there is a small chance he might be Sherman’s replacement this season. The Seattle Seahawks have done nothing to try and quell the trade rumors, and have in fact, done everything to let teams know he is available.
The likelihood of a trade is still small, but the need to add quality corners is not. King is an ideal fit from a size/length standpoint, and is incredibly versatile. He can play both inside and out, and spent two years as a primary safety at UW. Don’t let the narrative fool you. King is much more than just a combine warrior.