King & Jones Add Depth To Packers Secondary
Green Bay Packers surprised many fans when they traded out of the first round on Thursday night. Many mumors swirled around what Packers would actually do with the first pick on Friday night. Some thought it might be for DeShone Kizer to flip him later in the draft. Others believed Green Bay would stick the course. They did just that with drafting Kevin King, a cornerback from Washington, who is 6’3 and runs a 4.4 forty. Packers followed it up with draft NC State’s safety Josh Jones later in the second round who is a big, fast hitter. Green Bay added more speed to their secondary which they desperately needed.
King is one of the bigger corners Green Bay has had in the Thompson era. He will be a part of a young group in need of a bounceback, but King can provide some immediate help especially going against the taller receivers. They added more speed and size with King plus the additional size they’ll get from the return of Davon House to Packers. King and House can be menaces against vertical threats.
They do say King is a project, but I’m not sure how much I believe of that. A couple things – One, PAC-12 is the most pass-heavy offenses in college football. King has seen more shit thrown at him than most guys coming in. Second, Quinten Rollins was a project coming out Miami of Ohio and made an immediate impact. Yes, he took a step back this season, but Rollins still contributed in his first year. King can be a factor.
Jones gives Green Bay some safety help they definitely can use in a big way. Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix both played a ton of snaps last year, and the team needed a replacement for Micah Hyde. Jones isn’t exactly Hyde. He’s more like Burnett where he can be a rover-type. Dom Capers had to love the fact Jones knows how to get to the quarterback. Capers loves sending safety blitzes, but we haven’t seen it as much since Charles Woodson left the team. My guess is they’ll use Jones interchangeably like they do with all their defensive players.
This was a good start for Thompson. We’ll cover more of the draft picks as we progress throughout the day. This team clearly saw their bruises last year and found ways to alleviate some of that through the draft.