NFL Draft 2017: Washington DB Kevin King’s draft dreams delayed but not denied after Green Bay Packers selection
PHILADELPHIA — All of the others went home. Kevin King stayed. He had a dream, and he wanted it to happen.
The Washington cornerback was among 22 players invited to the NFL draft and 21 who attended. On Thursday night, 16 of those players were selected in the first round. King was one of the five who weren’t. The other four went home.
But not King.
On Friday night, King didn’t have to wait long. The Green Bay Packers selected him with the first pick of the second round, No. 33 overall, allowing him to walk across the stage on the Rocky Steps, shake NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand and let his career begin in earnest.
“I came here for a purpose. I came here to hear my name called and I wasn’t leaving until that happened. It was a tough decision because when it doesn’t go your way the first night, your mind is going all over the place. … It’s what I came here to do.”
Washington’s Kevin King waits a day at NFL draft but realizes a dream with Packers
King, who checked in at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds with 4.43 speed in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, was regarded by some as a first-round talent. But offensive talent dominated the upper portion of the draft, and in a deep class, six defensive backs went off the board.
King, though, didn’t waver on his resolution for staying in Philadelphia. While players like Notre Dame quarterback Deshone Kizer and Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell left, King saw the day through.
The reward was worth it, too.
The Packers made it to the NFC Championship Game last season and have been a consistent playoff team over the past decade or so. Plus, there’s All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers leading the team. The opportunity to go to a team contending for the playoffs is a major plus, King said.
“That’s what I wanted,” King said. “Everybody wants to be able to go to a good team, a contending team. Nobody likes to lose. Definitely in college we were all raised to be winners, so I’m trying to keep that trend going.”
It took a little extra for King to get to that point. But the cornerback is ready to take his next step. Even if it did tack another day onto his stay in Philadelphia.
“It ain’t no thing. It’s all part of it,” King said. “I control what I can control. Last night, it had nothing to do with me, so when my name was called, that’s when it has to do with me.”