Corner Like A Safety.
I like the way he moves on the field. He might not have elite speed, we will see at
his Proday, but he can move on the field. And that is more important at the CB position than any other position. CB have to be faster and quicker than any other position. They have to cover and react to guys who make a living making instant breaks with suddenness. Or speed guys who just run by everyone. They have to run sideways with guys trying to go deep. They have to be able to move in every direction and change direction in an instant. I like the way he moves on the field.
He is a great cover guy, with elite ball skills, who struggled with speed. "You worry about the physical limitations a little bit because teams will find your weaknesses and exploit them," a scout said. "But he's just so steady and productive and tough. He loves football and I think he'll just find a way." Very tough tackler, who could be a great FS.
COD numbers that all CBs have to have in coverage: 6.67 3-Cone, 4.18 Short
Shuttle, and a top five as well 11.57 60-Yard Shuttle.
Combine: Shame he didn't run his forty at Combine. But it was reported that he pulled an Ab muscle (then ran a
4.55 at his Proday). He never seemed to fight the ball. Great pedal moving backwards. He has some snap in his hips. And as we all know, he has great ball skills. Great smooth hips. He is an NFL FS waiting to happed. His pedal was a little choppy, but he had some of the best hips transitioning to either side. Great job tracking the deep ball. He is great at high pointing the ball.
Leads NCAA in INTs. He was held out of the 1st quarter of the Nebraska game for breaking team rules. He is a great punt returner. He has the snap in his hips and shoulders that you look for. Smooth swivel hips that allow to turn as smoothly and easily as I have seen. Blocks on kickoffs, and recovered a big fumble when his
teammate fumbled the kick return and he pounced on it. He has some attitude. He is terrific when the ball arrives. Excellent at the end of patterns. He can make a play on the ball in the air. Nice long arms. Makes checks sometimes. Excellent protecting the edge. When they run a toss to his side, and takes the RB aggressively. He is a very forceful hitter. No trouble turning and running with speed. He is a very well built CB. Plays mainly on the blindside. Great feet. He can do a full 360 while running down the field with the WR, and not lose an inch of space.
2016: Minnesota stopped lining up a WR on his side in the 2nd Half, and kept in an extra blocker.
He jumps on the ball in a flash. He moves backwards, angling his
body to see the QB, better than anyone else in this Draft. He was doing that against Minny, and almost had a pick-six, but dropped the Ball. He is always looking
at the ball as he plays defense. Best eyes of any DB in this Draft. He almost had another pick a few plays
later. He was playing outside and the ball was thrown inside. He saw the throw and broke to the middle, the LB popped the ball up, and he almost made it across half the field to pick it.
"DB Desmond King (5-10 1/8, 203) ran the 40 in 4.55 and 4.58 seconds,"
Gil Brandt wrote. "He stood on the rest of his combine numbers. King played cornerback at Iowa, where he was very productive, but his future is at safety in the NFL."
Vs Stanford 2015:
Hogan did not throw to his left in the Bowl game, until King stepped into the slot to cover in a 4-wide set. He can get a little too grabbing against big WRs sometimes. He does a good job keeping outside contain when the RB gets to the second level, and then
tried to get to the sideline. He does not give it up. He got caught picking in the backfield when Hogan faked a fumble, and he frozen half a second, and gave up the TD.
He does a great job getting through traffic on the edge, and diving out and grabbing the RB's
shoestring and tripping him up. Great job hitting off the tight end on runs at him, and retreating to stay in front of the RB so he can't take off
to the sideline and start running. Do not run an end around to his side. It is just stupid. He is so physical and tough, and he will wipe out any
RB trying to block him, and take down the WR. One of the reasons I like him is that he has a great square build. That guy is solid muscle.
He will loose his cool occasionally, and got called for a retaliation punch against Michigan.
I don't know about his speed, but
he had a great speed play against Rutgers. Their elite speed guy was tearing down he sideline. He got in front of him, tracked him down, and hit him. But the kid somehow kept his balance. He took off down field again. King tracked him down
from behind again, and he actually tried to jump over his body and punch out the ball. He missed the ball but he knocked him down.
He will jump on the Pile on 3rd and 1 when they RB
is stuck on the top and push him back. Great job coming up aggressively on WR screens, and can dive into the WR's legs
and flip him over. Very physical protecting the sideline. He can throw the WR trying to block him to the ground. He
had a great INT against FLA. The ball was tipped at the line, and he ran ran right through the WR. He fell on the ground and the ball bounced off his butt and he twisted around and
caught it. That is not just a great athletic play, but very smart. Because once the ball is tipped, you can hit the WR. He knew that and wiped out the WR so he couldn't catch it, and then went and caught
Vs Wisconsin 2015:
He is so good at moving sideways down the sideline so he can see the WR, and focus on what the QB is doing. Very good at getting the RB out of bounds on sweeps to his side, through the blocking of the WR. He gallops backwards so effortlessly. Great smooth athlete moving backwards, and
sideways for that matter. He played mainly off, but he comes up fast and gets the WR on the bubble screen. He is so aggressive going for the ball carrier that I think he has potential as a free safety if his speed doesn't check out at the Combine. He is returning punts, great job making the first guy miss on punt returns.
He is so tough to quantify, because he shutdown the QB's left side, and disappears from the game. Terrific against the run on the edge. He has that elite quick twitch quickness that you look for when he is changing direction multiple times. He can be a ball-hawking
FS in the NFL, if his speed isn't under 4.6 like some think.
Vs Penn ST:
He can hit like a safety, when the tight end catches the ball in the flat in front of him. So smooth and in control when moving backwards. You want to see him in coverage, but no
one ever throws to his side. He is a true college shutdown CB. Great kick returner.
He does get beat by speed when he is in transition some times. Does a nice job weaving backwards in front of the WR to slow him down.
lined up in the slot more this season. He just sees the ball in the air before other defenders. Returned kick offs this
year. He returned punts last year. When he finds a lane he can get to the 50 fast. He flies by guys, but doesn't look like he is pressing. He will turn his back to the LOS when he has inside technique, and shuffle down the sideline with great quick feet. He is a little short, but he is very strong,
He sure covers a lot of ground in coverage. He
came half way across and down field to leap up and knock the ball down that from a guy who was being covered by his teammate. Great ball skills. He has that knack for putting himself into position to get his hands on the ball. He
could be an elite FS in the NFL.
does a nice job getting a hand on the WR, and can slow him down consistent.ly
Vs Penn ST:
Hawk Item - - Tied Iowa single-season record with eight interceptions (Lou King, 1981 and Nile Kinnick, 1939) . . . ranked second in the nation with eight interceptions, including two each vs. Pitt and Wisconsin . . . 88-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. Maryland ties as seventh longest in school history . . . Big Ten Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin . . . Jim Thorpe national Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin . . . tied for ninth in the Big Ten with three interceptions in 2014 . . . one of four true freshmen to see action in 2013 . . . started at cornerback in win over Missouri State, becoming first true freshman to start in defensive secondary since 2002 . . . 69 tackles were most by a Big Ten freshman in 2013 . . . tied for team lead with three interceptions in 2014. 2015 Honors - - Unanimous Consensus All-American . . . recipient of Jim Thorpe Award . . . one of five finalists for Walter Camp Player of the Year . . . recipient of the Jack Tatum Award, presented by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, to the best defensive back in college football . . . named Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Conference Defensive Back of the Year . . . Most Valuable Player, defense . . . Reggie Roby Special Teams Award, overall . . . first team All-America by Walter Camp, Associated Press, AFCA, FWAA, Sporting News, USA Today, SI.com, ESPN.com, Athlon Sports, ProFootballFocus.com, Phil Steele, and College Sports Madness . . . first team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media, including unanimous selection by media . . . first team All-Big Ten by Associated Press and Phil Steele . . . also earned honorable mention honors as return specialist by both coaches and media . . . Jim Thorpe national Defensive Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin . . . Big Ten Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week following 10-6 win at Wisconsin . . . 2015 Preseason Honors - - Preseason third team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele . . . preseason fourth team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports . . .
2015 - - Started all 14 games at cornerback . . . recorded 72 tackles, including 46 solo stops and 26 assists . . . eight interceptions for 118 yards and one touchdown . . . led team with 13 pass break-ups . . . also handled majority of punt returns and KO returns, averaging 14.2 yards on 17 punt returns and 24.4 yards on 29 KO returns . . . started at cornerback in 31-14 win over Illinois State, recording two solo tackles as defense allowed 35 net rushing yards and 231 yards total offense . . . handled all returns vs. Illinois State, with two punt returns for 26 yards and one KO return for 19 yards . . . started at cornerback in 31-17 win at Iowa State as defense allowed no points and just 66 yards total offense in the second half . . . recorded four solo tackles and one assist at ISU, along with one pass break-up and one interception for 11 yards to set up final touchdown of the game . . . also had 34 yards on two punt returns, including 34-yard return that led to go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, and two KO returns for 29 yards . . . started at cornerback in 27-24 win over Pitt as defense allowed just 55 net rushing yards and 282 yards total offense . . . recorded two interceptions against Pitt, one of those coming in the endzone . . . also had four solo tackles and four assists, including a tackle for loss . . . had two KO returns for 48 yards, including a 27-yard return in final minute that led to game-winning field goal . . . started at cornerback in 62-16 win over North Texas, recording five solo tackles and one pass break-up . . . had two punt returns for 71 yards, with a long of 38 yards, and four KO returns for 109 yards, with a long of 40 yards, vs. North Texas . . . started at cornerback in 10-6 win at Wisconsin as defense allowed no touchdowns and just 320 yards total offense . . . two interceptions at Wisconsin, along with five solo tackles and four assists, in addition to two pass break-ups . . . also had three KO returns for 65 yards . . . started at cornerback in 29-20 win over Illinois as defense allowed just 46 net rushing yards . . . recorded two solo tackles and one pass break-up vs. Illinois, with three punt returns for 26 yards . . . started at cornerback in 40-10 win at Northwestern as defense allowed just 51 net rushing yards and 198 yards total offense . . . one pass interception and two pass break-ups at Northwestern, with first quarter theft leading to the first points of the game . . . started at cornerback in 31-15 win over Maryland . . . recorded two solo stops and three assists vs. Maryland, along with interception and 88-yard touchdown return for first score of the season and second of career . . . also had one KO return for 23 yards . . . started at cornerback in 35-27 win at Indiana . . . tied single-season record with eighth interception of the season, while also collecting one solo tackle and one assist . . . also recorded three KO returns for 84 yards . . . started at cornerback in 40-35 win over Minnesota . . . five tackles vs. Minnesota, including two solo stops and three assists . . . also had two KO returns for 74 yards, including a career-long of 58 yards, and one punt return for 10 yards . . . started at cornerback in 40-20 win over Purdue . . . 10 solo tackles and one assist vs. Purdue, along with three pass break-ups . . . also had two KO returns for 61yards . . . saw action in 28-20 win at Nebraska . . . seven tackles at Nebraska, with two solo stops and five assists, to go with one pass break-up . . . also had two punt returns for 34 yards, with a long of 26 yards that led to Iowa touchdown . . . started at cornerback in 16-13 loss to Michigan State . . . recorded six tackles vs. MSU, including four solo stops and two assists, along with one pass break-up . . . also had two KO returns for 52 yards . . . started at cornerback in 45-16 Rose Bowl loss to Stanford . . . recorded five tackles, including three solo tackles and two assists vs. Stanford, with one pass break-up . . . also had one punt return for 38 yards and seven KO returns for 144 yards.
2014 Honors - - Honorable mention All-Big Ten by league media . . . mid-season first team All-Big Ten by ESPN.com and Phil Steele . . .
2014 Preseason Honors - - Preseason third team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports and College Sports Madness . . . preseason fourth team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele . . .
2014 - - Started all 13 games . . . recorded 64 tackles, including 42 solo stops and 22 assists . . . shared team lead with three interceptions for 72 yards and one touchdown . . . also had five pass break-ups and two tackles for loss . . . started at cornerback in 31-23 win over Northern Iowa . . . recorded three solo tackles and two assists vs. UNI, with one pass break-up . . . started at cornerback in 17-13 win over Ball State as defense allowed just two field goals and 219 yards total offense . . . recored three tackles vs. BSU, including two solo stops and one assist . . . started at cornerback in 20-17 loss to Iowa State, recording three solo tackles and two assists . . . started at cornerback in 24-20 win at Pittsburgh as defense allowed just three points in the second half . . . recorded two solo tackles and two assists at Pitt, including one solo tackle for loss . . . started at cornerback in 24-10 win at Purdue as defense allowed just 156 yards total offense . . . recorded three solo stops and two assists at Purdue . . . started at cornerback in 45-29 win over Indiana . . . recorded first career interception vs. Indiana, returning theft 35 yards for a touchdown . . . also recorded six solo tackles, one assist and a pass break-up . . . started at cornerback in 38-31 loss at Maryland . . . recorded five solo tackles and two assists at Maryland . . . started at cornerback in 48-7 win over Northwestern, recording one solo tackle, one assist and one pass break-up as defense allowed just 180 yards total offense . . . started at cornerback in loss at Minnesota . . . recorded six tackles at Minnesota, including five solo tackles and one assist . . . started at cornerback in 30-14 win at Illinois, recording two solo tackles and one pass break-up as defense allowed just 88 net rushing yards and 235 yards total offense . . . started at cornerback in 26-24 loss to No. 14 Wisconsin, recording two solo tackles and two assists . . . started at cornerback in 37-34 overtime loss to Nebraska . . . recorded two solo tackles and two assists vs. Nebraska, while also collecting second interception of the season and one pass break-up . . . started at cornerback in TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Tennessee . . . recorded 10 tackles vs. Tennessee, including six solo stops and four assists . . . collected third interception of the season, with a 37-yard return, and had one tackle for loss.
2013 Honors - - Next Man In Award, Defense . . . third team Freshman All-America by Athlon Sports . . . first team Freshman All-Big Ten by BTN.com . . . named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week for his play at Ohio State . . .
2013 - - Saw action in all 13 games, with 12 starts . . . recorded 44 solo tackles and 25 assists, including three tackles for loss . . . collected eight pass break-ups and two recovered fumbles . . . saw action in 30-27 loss to Northern Illinois, recording two solo tackles, two assists and one pass break-up . . . started at cornerback in 28-14 win over Missouri State as defense allowed just 197 yards total offense . . . recorded one solo tackle and two assists vs. Missouri State, along with first fumble recovery of career . . . started at cornerback in 27-21 win at Iowa State as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards . . . recorded four solo tackles and two assists at ISU, including one tackle for loss and one pass break-up . . . started at cornerback in 59-3 win over Western Michigan, recording one assisted tackle and one pass break-up as defense allowed just 209 yards total offense . . . started at cornerback in 23-7 win at Minnesota as defense allowed just 165 yards total offense and 30 net rushing yards . . . recorded two solo tackles and two assists at Minnesota, including a shared tackle for loss . . . started at cornerback in 26-14 loss to Michigan State . . . career-high 11 tackles vs. MSU, including seven solo stops and four assists, along with one QB pressure . . . started at cornerback in 34-24 loss at Ohio State . . . season-high 12 tackles at OSU, including 10 solo stops and two assists . . . started at cornerback in 17-10 OT win over Northwestern . . . recorded two assisted tackles vs. Northwestern and was involved in two big plays late in the game, recovering a Northwestern fumble in Iowa territory with less than four minutes remaining in regulation, then causing a pass break-up in overtime as Iowa held the Wildcats without a first down to secure the win . . . started at cornerback in 28-9 loss to Wisconsin, recording six solo tackles and one assist . . . started at cornerback in 38-14 win at Purdue, recording one solo tackle and one assist as defense allowed just 53 net rushing yards . . . started at cornerback in 24-21 win over Michigan as defense allowed just 60 net rushing yards and 158 yards total offense . . . recorded three assisted tackles vs. Michigan, including a shared tackle for loss, and had two pass break-ups . . . started at cornerback in 38-17 win at Nebraska as defense allowed just 89 net rushing yards . . . recorded eight tackles at Nebraska, including six solo stops and two assists, along with one pass break-up . . . started at cornerback in 21-14 Outback Bowl loss to LSU as defense allowed just 82 passing yards . . . recorded five solo tackles and one assist vs. LSU, including one tackle for loss and one pass break-up. High school honors - - Earned first team all-state honors . . . also first team all-city and named to Dream Team as a senior . . . first team all-state and all-city as a junior . . . first team all-city and second team all-state as a sophomore . . . Career - - Established Michigan high school record with 29 career interceptions . . . set school record for career rushing yards . . . rushed for 2,360 yards and scored 33 touchdowns as a senior . . . recorded 56 tackles and seven interceptions as a senior . . . rushed for 1,610 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, with 49 tackles and 12 interceptions on defense . . . rushed for 811 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore, with 44 tackles and 10 interceptions on defense . . . team captain as junior and senior . . . competed on three teams that advanced to state playoffs, including regional championship as a senior . . . helped prep team post three-year record of 32-6 . . . four-year letterman in track, competing in sprint events and relays. Personal - - Born 12/14/94 . . . mass communications major . . . member of prep Honor Roll and Principal's List . . .. . . mother is Yvette Powell . . . one of two players from Detroit on the Iowa roster . . . high school coach was Rod Oden.
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