Selected with the Green Bay Packers’ first pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, Kevin King is expected to make an immediate impact.
Soon after losing Sam Shields in Week 1 last season, it quickly became apparent the Packers had a real problem at cornerback. It proved to be their downfall in the playoffs, Dom Capers’ defense having no answer for Julio Jones and the Falcons’ high-powered offense in the NFC Championship Game.
Adding more talent to the secondary became priority number one this offseason. First came Davon House in free agency, soon followed by King in the draft.
What can we expect from the rookie in 2017?
Odds of making roster: 100 percent
The Packers’ aren’t cutting their second-round pick, particularly given the fact he plays at cornerback.
King will be asked to step right in and make an immediate impact in the secondary.
Whether he starts in Week 1 will be dependant on how Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins look in training camp. But whether he’s on the field for the first defensive snap of the season or not, King will play a key role alongside Davon House throughout the year.
As Rob Demovsky of ESPN pointed out in May, the Packers could have a new pair of starting cornerbacks in King and House.
“The second-round pick (No. 33 overall) gives defensive coordinator Dom Capers his tallest (6-foot-3) cornerback who could beat out 2015 draft picks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins. Either Randall or Rollins could end up in one of the sub packages.”
Zach Kruse of Packers Wire doesn’t believe King can be a No. 1 corner from day one, but thinks he will be an important player against taller,…
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