The moans and groans of Packer nation bolstered as just a couple picks before 29 Ted Thompson accepted a deal from the Cleveland Browns to move back to the first pick of the second round. TJ Watt, Reuben Foster, and Dalvin Cook were still on the board, but they were not persuading enough for the ingenuity of draft connoisseur Ted Thompson. Thompson remained patient and had a good nights rest before deciding to address the team’s most pressing need. Cornerback. When the Packers selected Kevin King it gave this team everything they needed in the secondary. He possesses the speed, length, and coverage skills to hang with any receiver. King’s versatility to play press, zone, and in the slot could jolt him into the Packers starting corner conversation as early as the first game of the season.
Third year corners Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall failed to a step forward last season and instead experienced sophomore slumps in 2016. Injuries were a contributing factor, but they are far from a scapegoating ploy for a bottom feeding pass defense. The additions of Davon House and Kevin King should make Rollins and Randall uneasy about what used to be assured playing time.
Randall had the worse season of any Packer corner with a Pro Football Focus rating of 39.6. Quite a drop from the 69.4 rating he received as a rookie.
Rollins has always been more affective in the slot and should continue to see snaps there. He may be joined by Randall there as well. In fact, Randall and Rollins will possibly be scrapping with Ladarius Gunter for nickel and dime package snaps throughout the season. Just a few months ago, no Packer fan would have believed the corner position would be crowded with talent heading into 2017.
If House can get back on track with the progression he saw with the Packers before he left in 2014; it may lead to him being the number 1 corner come the season opener. The same could happen for Kevin King. If he can use his rare combination of size and speed to prove why he should of been a first rounder, then he could be the Packers number 2 on the outside alongside House.
King has that chip on his shoulder now from dropping out of the first round, which will help him gain the edge in training camp. After day 1 of the draft he headed straight for the weight room after realizing he would have to wait even longer to find out where he would be playing.
King comes into the best situation of any NFL team in need of a corner. He joins an elite defense with one of the best coordinators in the game in Dom Capers. The Packers need his help immediately and his skill set is exactly what they were lacking.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over two years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.