Desmond King was once thought of as one of the top defensive backs in the country, after winning the Thorpe Award in 2015. His final season at Iowa was not kind to the cornerback and the Senior Bowl seemed to be a tough week for him as well.
Chris Landry of LandryFootball.com says that there is a reason for teams not warming up to King. The former scout says that the week in Mobile was a huge reason for why this is the case.
“The more film I study, the more I think Iowa CB Desmond King has locked himself out of the first round,” Landry writes. “King was badly exposed during Senior Bowl practice and has more limitations than first thought. During the Senior Bowl practice week, some squads had been shifting King from corner to safety on their boards due to concerns over his speed and size. He checked in at 5-foot-10 during Senior Bowl festivities.”
King intercepted 14 passes and returned two for touchdowns during his four year career with the Hawkeyes. His career best season was 13 passes defended and eight interceptions in the 2015 season.
The Detroit native was a two-time first team member of the All-Big Ten team. He also won the Jack Tatum Trophy in 2015.
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Chris Landry is a veteran NFL scout who has worked for the Cleveland Browns and the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans. Previously, he ran the annual NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and served as an assistant at LSU. Landry is a consultant for multiple NFL teams and major college programs.
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