Kevin King remains one of the best rookie cornerbacks per PFF

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Davon House /

Kevin King came to Green Bay, Wisconsin, as the Packers number one draft choice.

That in itself involves high expectations.

King, so far has met those lofty expectations and if he continues to show improvement in the coming weeks there’s no reason not to think of him as one of the best grabs in last spring’s draft.

King showed up in Week 2. Though the Packers got lambasted by the Atlanta Falcons that night, King showed why the Packers drafted him.

Not only was King‘s performance easily identified as solid during the game, but when the experts took a more in-depth look at this game, he came out looking pretty good.

Here is what had to say about King’s work in that second game of the season:

"CB KEVIN KING, 85.4 OVERALL GRADEThere weren’t many bright spots for the Packers’ defense, but rookie CB Kevin King had a solid showing in just his second game. King did not allow a catch on any of the four throws into his coverage on 32 cover snaps, tipped a pass intended for Julio Jones just enough to cause it to end up incomplete, and made an immediate tackle for no gain in the flat."

King’s coverage skills, closing speed and ability to wrap up ball carriers was encouraging in that game. Indeed, he was one of only a few bright spots that came out of that game.

Earning more playing time from the results of his performance (and the fact that he’s the team’s top draft choice), King showed in the Packers win over Cincinnati that he belongs.

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Though he gave up double-digit catches against A.J. Green, King was consistently in position to make plays.

King isn’t the only player who has been abused by Green, a weekly occurrence that the Pro Bowl player carries out. King shouldn’t be ashamed of his performance. He was tough, didn’t put his head down and kept going after Green each and every play.

Though Green scored a touchdown in that game, King was not in on that coverage because the defense was in zone.

What’s encouraging is that King continues to be scored high by – in fact, he’s the highest rated NFL rookie cornerback by their standards.

When you couple the early season performances by King with the work put in by fellow rookie Josh Jones, you’ve got a combination in the defensive backfield that the Packers not only needed, but one that we’ve been anticipating.

We can only hope that King and Jones continue with their assassin-like performances. These guys play downhill, have tremendous speed, great length and coverage skills.

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Their play is keeping the likes of Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins from securing snaps, but that’s life in the NFL.

Randall, the Packers’ first round draft pick a couple of years ago also started out his rookie year strong before hitting the wall and sliding into mediocrity.

Our hope is that doesn’t happen to our newest Packers cornerbacks.

We’ll continue to monitor their progress as the season moves along. The proverbial wall is bound to be raised in their path along the way. How they work to get over or through that wall will be what we watch.

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In the meantime, both players have earned their stay. Let’s hope they remain hungry and help bring a new attitude to the Green Bay Packers defense.

Stay tuned.