Packers News: Kevin King return, Cooper DeJean, running back target

  • Kevin King is back in the NFL
  • Are Cooper DeJean dreams over?
  • Packers meet with running back
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The Green Bay Packers have spent significant early-round draft capital on the cornerback position over the past decade, and they may need to do it again this offseason. Green Bay lacks depth at the position, which is especially concerning considering Jaire Alexander and Eric Stokes have missed 47 games between them since the start of the 2021 season.

One of their most recent cornerback selections was Kevin King, a second-round pick in 2017. King battled injuries during his five-year run in Green Bay but was a solid starter when healthy, as he proved with a five-interception season in 2019.

King hasn't played since the 2021 season. A torn Achilles cost him the opportunity to return to the league last year, but he will get another opportunity in 2024.

Former Packers cornerback Kevin King signs with Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons announced they have signed King. It's great to see him get another shot in the NFL. Hopefully, he is fully recovered from the Achilles injury and can make an impact during training camp. When healthy, King was a reliable starter, making 39 pass defenses and seven interceptions during his time in Green Bay.

Hopefully, it works out for King in Atlanta. He will be 29 years old at the start of the season and could still have years ahead of him if he's fully healthy.

Coming back from a significant injury won't be easy, but we're rooting for King.

Cooper DeJean's Pro Day could put him out of Packers' range

All offseason, mock drafts have linked Iowa's Cooper DeJean with the Packers. The standout defensive back can play cornerback or safety and has star potential in the NFL. However, Green Bay's hopes of drafting him at No. 25 overall took a hit following his Pro Day.

Per The Athletic's Dane Brugler, DeJean ran a 40-yard dash in the range of 4.43-4.45 seconds while posting a 38.5-inch vertical and 10.4-inch broad jump. Those numbers would earn him a Relative Athletic Score of 9.67 out of 10 at free safety, 9.52 at strong safety, and 9.89 at cornerback.

His outstanding athletic numbers aren't surprising, but it's confirmation of what teams expected. It could push his draft stock into the top 20 or higher, forcing the Packers to trade up if they have any hopes of landing him.

Packers meet with running back Ray Davis ahead of 2024 NFL Draft

Even after signing Josh Jacobs and bringing back AJ Dillon, the Packers may strengthen their running back room in the 2024 NFL Draft.

A name to watch is Kentucky's Ray Davis, a potential Day 3 target for the Packers. According to The Athletic's Dane Brugler, Davis had a pre-draft visit in Green Bay on Monday.

He could be an ideal complement for Jacobs in the backfield. Davis can play on all three downs and is a capable receiver, having caught 33 passes for 323 yards and seven touchdowns last season to go with 1,129 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. However, he is only 21 months younger than Jacobs, who has already spent five years in the NFL.

The Packers may have interest if Davis is available on Day 3 of the draft.

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