Packers: Three breakout candidates for 2018 season

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 1: Geronimo Allison
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 1: Geronimo Allison /
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ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 08: Kevin King /

Kevin King, CB

The Packers wanted Kevin King all along in the 2016 draft. When they knew they could trade down and still get him, they took that opportunity and selected the cornerback from Washington to start the second round of the draft.

The Packers haven’t been able to rely on the secondary since the days of Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams and Nick Collins a number of years ago. King was brought in to help the struggling secondary, but has yet to contribute consistently.

A shoulder injury ended King’s rookie season early. He played through the majority of the season plagued by his shoulder. When December rolled around, he couldn’t take the pain anymore. The story really brings out his toughness and grit.

Despite the injury, King played quite well. He was able to hang in there with some of the NFL’s best receivers.

His play in 2017 was just a taste of what Packer fans will see in the future. King is a great all-around defensive playmaker for the secondary. Because he will be back at 100 percent, expect King to break out and have a really good season in Green Bay.

On top of being healthy, King is surrounded by a very promising group of veterans and rookies who round out a pretty solid secondary for the Packers.