How Will CB Kevin King Help the Packers?
Drafting Kevin King was a clear admission by the Packers that their current crop of cornerbacks wasn’t good enough. King will be counted on to help fix that, and here’s exactly how he’ll do it.
More size outside
King’s most obvious attribute is his great size. At 6-3, King is unusually tall for a cornerback, and his size should allow him to match up well with big opposing receivers. Julio Jones and Dez Bryant proved to be too much for Ladarius Gunter, the previous largest corner on the Packers’ roster.
Allows Packers to mix and match other corners
Losing Sam Shields early last season put the Packers in an unfortunate situation. Without Shields to lock up the opponent’s best receiver, Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, and Ladarius Gunter were forced into unplanned roles. King’s job will be to change that.
With King hopefully locking up with a team’s biggest, best receiver, the Packers should be able to move their other corners around the defense, allowing those players to play to their strengths. More importantly, King will hopefully take some of the pressure about Randall, Rollins, and Gunter, allowing them to fill more complementary roles.
Enhances Davon House signing
Finally, drafting King may actually make the Packers’ acquisition of Davon House an even better signing. Prior to the King pick, House would have been the de facto number one cornerback, at least sharing the role with Damarious Randall.
Now, House can be deployed strategically, using his own combination of promising size and speed to battle opposing receivers.