2017 Buffalo Bills Draft Prospects: Safety Desmond King

Taking a look at some of the Buffalo Bills options for the NFL Draft, today we look at Iowa cornerback Desmond King.

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Oct 1, 2016; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Desmond King (14) returns a punt against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Continuing our new daily series, we continue to take a look at players the Buffalo Bills may consider selecting at some point during the 2017 NFL Draft. While these players may not all be first round quality, this series will look at players across all the rounds that the Buffalo Bills could select during the draft process.

Moving on from the potential first round selection of Deshaun Watson, today, we take a look at a player that could be the Bills second or third round pick. In need of some secondary help, the Bills could add a player that would present the team with multiple options going forward. That player is Iowa safety Desmond King.


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Background

Seen as a definite first round pick should he have left school following his junior season, Desmond King’s draft stock took a tumble this past season. Originally seen as a cornerback, King has now become a safety choice in the eyes of many NFL executives. On the bright side though, despite this fall in draft stock, King did earn his degree.

Seeing a drop in production last season, the 2015 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year was avoided by many opposing quarterbacks. Despite this lack of opportunity, King still managed to bring down three interceptions and break up seven more passes. Overall, King is a player that will produce at the NFL level.

Strengths

A four-year starter for the University of Iowa, Desmond King played in more than 94 percent of the Hawkeyes defensive snaps over his four years at the school. Extremely reliable, King also possesses some great football instincts when it comes to tracking both the ball and the receiver. Focusses on quarterback’s eyes and also has ability to overlap in coverage to help make a play.

Anticipates where wide receivers route will take them and when he needs to break towards the ball. A ball hawk type of player that can and will get to the ball when he has the opportunity. Good frame and extremely physical in playing against receivers. While not physical in making his tackles, very few players will ever break away from King once he has you wrapped up.

Weakness

Does not have the speed to play deep coverage against many receivers. Will also struggle to play bump and run coverage against some fast receivers. Despite starting at cornerback in college, this issue should transition him to the safety position. Grinder type of player but one that will not be able to match a receiver step for step.

Relies on his hands to keep receivers at bay rather than his own footwork. Doesn’t possess enough of his burst to get back to the receiver when playing off coverage. Needs to show more explosion when making his tackles. Can loose ground right off the bat when playing close to the line of scrimmage.

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