Desmond King is headed to Hollywood
The former Iowa Hawkeye cornerback Desmond King was selected by the L.A. Chargers in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday.
King was the 2015 Thorpe Award winner as the best defensive back in college football and was one of the better overall players in the country during the last two seasons.
He arrived in Iowa City as a three-star corner out of Detroit with a slew of offers from MAC schools. His only Power 5 offers came from the Big Ten Conference, with Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa all in the mix.
His progress since his arrival in 2013 is just another testament to Kirk Ferentz’s system and his ability to develop two and three-star recruits into NFL-caliber performers. His 12 total interceptions in his collegiate career are not really an indictment on his skills as a cover corner, but more so a demonstration of the respect opposing quarterbacks had for his skill set.
King will likely see plenty of snaps immediately for the Chargers, given their needs in the secondary and his ability to play both corner and safety. He’ll certainly be challenged throughout the season, playing in a division against guys like Travis Kelce, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Demaryius Thomas.
His ability to provide solid production on special teams as a returner without a doubt boosted his overall draft stock and was likely a key factor in L.A.’s decision to draft him where they did.
If you are as big of a King fan as we are at Black Heart Gold Pants, your Sunday wardrobe is probably about to start including a lot more navy and powder blue that it previously did.
So congratulations to Los Angeles Charger fans. Here’s a video of Desmond King highlights to get you PUMPED.