The Falcons draft is finally over, with the Atlanta Falcons taking S Akeem King. When selected, King was listed as a safety prospect, but he has experience playing corner at San Jose State.
King was not present at the NFL combine, and his numbers vary depending on who you ask. The San Jose State Spartans' official website list him at 6-feet and 212 pounds. Additionally, they have some info on his collegiate career.
Completed four seasons with the Spartans... Originally signed as a wide receiver hopeful but moved to the defensive side of the ball in 2011... Played in 33 games with his 12 career starting assignments coming as a senior... Named to the 2013 Academic All-Mountain and 2012 Academic All-WAC teams... A three-time San José State University Scholar-Athlete... One of 10 Spartans honored in 2012 on National Student-Athlete Day by the National Consortium for Academics & Sports... Accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Medal of Honor All-Star Football Game in Charleston, South Carolina.
King slowly earned playing time at San Jose State until he played every game last season.
2014: Played in and started all 12 games... One of only three Spartan defensive players to start in every game... Had his most productive season at the major college level with 71 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and two pass break-ups... Was fourth on the team and tops among the squad's defensive backs in tackles... Had a major college best 11 tackles at Utah State (11/21)... One of five Spartans with at least one tackle in every game during the season.
Dimitroff said Akeem King is just over 6 foot, not 6-3.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) May 2, 2015
CBS Sports lists King as a strong safety prospect with a 4.43 40 time. He is a late round pick with some size, and could be a project at just about any defensive back position. Dan Quinn said the team will initially play him at cornerback.
#Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Akeem King will play cornerback.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) May 2, 2015
NFL Draft Scout lists the following information from King's pro day.
40 yard dash: 4.43
Bench press: 20 reps
Vertical: 37.5 inches
3-Cone drill: 7.08
King has two things we have not seen from Atlanta defensive backs in a long time: he is big and fast. It is hard to tell how much else is there, but the Seattle Seahawks have won the Super Bowl thanks to their success in coaching up talents similar to King.