South Carolina Senior
Has good feet and athleticism to mirror speed on the edge. Can adjust in space and moves well. Does a nice job on the second level and capable pulling. Shows some leg drive as a run blocker.
Has very poor hands and constantly whiffs on his punch on the edge. Gives up easily inside move and defenders go right by him because he gets overextended. Gives up the bull-rush off the edge as well. Can be slow off the snap, hurting his set up in pass protection and his pop as a run blocker. Doesn't really use his hands well when he's pulling, trying to bowl over defender with his shoulder. Struggles with hand placement as a run blocker, unable to lock on and get position as a drive blocker. Will take a false step backwards when trying to block downhill and needs to improve his lower body strength to improve as a drive blocker.
King has enough athleticism that NFL teams are willing to give him a shot. But he really struggles on the edge despite that because his hand use and punch are piss-poor. If he can be coached up, then he has the chance to stick in the pros as a utility player, but he's very raw. A transfer from Georgia Military College, where he played on the defensive line. As a sophomore at USC, he started 11 games at left tackle in place of Jamon Meredith. Started 8 games the following year with 6 at left tackle and 2 at left guard. Started 7 games at left tackle as a senior, but suffered a concussion and lost his starting job. He was suspended for the season opener due to the NCAA Investigation of whether or not he was receiving a cheaper rate than other residents of a local hotel.
King flashed potential as a sophomore when he took over for Meredith, but has improved little sense then. His technique is very raw. The player he reminds me mostly of is Quinn Ojinnaka, in that like Ojinnaka he has very good athleticism. But that athleticism is negated when he's on the outside because of his inability to play with good technique and hand use. Like Ojinnaka, I think King will be a much better fit playing inside at guard. But regardless of where he plays, he has to do a better job with his hands. At least inside, he doesn't have to deal so much with speed and he won't whiff as much on his punch because he'll playing in a short area. The best you're probably going to hope for him, that he turns into a capable utility player like Ojinnaka. He'll probably fit best in a zone blocking scheme that can take advantage of his athleticism. He can probably add depth to an NFL team, but unless he shows improvement over the course of his rookie deal, he's not likely to get a second contract at the next level.
King can push for time in Atlanta. His athleticism is the sort that could work as a swing tackle and utility reserve, but he's raw and not a threat to make the roster as a rookie. Instead, he'd have to follow a path similar to Jose Valdez, where he sits on the practice squad for two or so years, and then hope that he's shown enough improvement by the third year that he can finally push for and earn a roster spot. But he's a career backup in Atlanta.
His athleticism and talent might have a team looking at him in the seventh round, but he's more in line with talent you wait for on the undrafted market.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Pass Blocking: 2.0
Run Blocking: 2.5
Mean Streak: 3.0
Scouting reports of the centers, guards, and tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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