1. Is the King ready to rule?
The early reviews of the 33rd overall pick of the 2017 draft haven’t been flattering.
Tom Silverstein of the Green Bay Press Gazette reported that King has been getting beat by “every” Packers’ receiver.
The one-time Washington Huskie is clearly in that thinking stage that many rookies find themselves in when they’re struggling to digest the various looks and/or formations they encounter in live reps.
In King’s defense, he started practicing later than most of his teammates due to a league rule that prohibits rookies from joining their teams until their school lets out.
One would have to concede that the 6-foot-3 corner’s absence from OTA sessions has almost certainly impacted his development in a negative way.
If the season were to start today, Quentin Rollins and Davon House would be the starting duo at cornerback.
But there’s still time for No. 20 to catch up and showcase his anticipatory skills along with his trademark press coverage technique.
Green Bay can’t afford to get nothing out of its top draft pick due to how their cornerback corps severely underperformed in 2016 with Rollins being the team’s top-rated player by ranking 87th among the 110 qualifying defensive backs at his position, as per Pro Football Focus (PFF).
At his best, King has the tools to be the type of big cover man that can body up on the likes of Julio Jones, Dez Bryant and other big pass-catching weapons.