Mitch King, DT, Iowa

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Mitch King, DT, Iowa

Postby Pudge » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:48 pm

Mitch King
6-2/278 Iowa
4.89 Senior

Pros: Has a great motor who is a natural disruptor. Works to fight through double teams. Gets off snap quickly and gets good leverage. Can shoot gaps and works well on stunts. Has good intelligence, and shows ability to drop back into coverage. A good tackler and comfortable working in space. Has a nice swim move, developmental spin, and does a nice job getting off blocks.

Cons: Lacks ideal quickness upfield. Doesn't always show burst to close on quarterback and finish play. Gets pushed around at times at the point of attack.

Overview: He's undersized, but a high effort player. Has versatility and could play multiple positions. Reminds me of a mix between Matt Roth and Dan Klecko. Came to Iowa as a linebacker, but then moved to tackle at only 247 pounds as a redshirt freshman. A four-year starter that was very productive in school, finishing career with 55 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. The classic overachieving linemen from Iowa, that produced Babineaux, Aaron Kampman, and Matt Roth.

NFL Forecast: King is going to have success wherever he goes. I think if he dropped 25 pounds, he'd make a nice inside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. He could also bulk up some more and make a nice nose tackle in the 4-3. Probably the middle ground is playing end in the 3-4. He's a versatile player like Klecko, and will find a role somewhere on practically any roster. And like Klecko, wouldn't be crazy to try him as a situational fullback on offense. He did play running back in high school. The issue with King is figuring out which position or role he can excel in and become a starter. He'll definitely help a team's rotation, but will he be an impact player as a starter. He's not going to be a top pass rusher, that will be a 2 or 3 sack guy at best at the next level. But he has potential as a run stopper. He could play some nose in the 3-4, but is undersized. But so is Kelly Gregg and with enough added bulk he could work there. He's a natural nose tackle, but whether or not he has the size or quickness to be an impact starter remains to be seen.

ATL Forecast: King would be a valuable addition to the rotation at nose tackle. He'd need to bulk up some more, but could be a solid backup nose tackle at the least. In time, he could make a nice starter. He won't be special, but because of his strength and effort could make a solid run stopper. He'll need to be developed, but I think in three years he'd be a solid starter for the Falcons . Won't be special, but would definitely bolster the team's run defense.

Value: King is probably best taken in the fifth round, but wouldn't be a reach in the fourth round.
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