By Nick Freimuth
The Green Bay Packers made their first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft at 6:18 PM Friday night and it was a pick that fit Ted Thompson’s method of operations. After trading their first round pick Thursday night at number 29, the Green Bay Packers had the first pick in the second round with the 33rd overall selection.
A defensive back out of the University of Washington Kevin King was the first player added this year t the Packers roster. The 6’3″ defensive back weighs in at 192 pounds and will likely be expected to make an immediate impact for the Packers in 2017. King boasts a :04.43 – 40 yard dash time that should allow him to play ‘press’ or ‘bump and run’ coverage and recover if a wide receiver gets a good release at the line of scrimmage.
Many scouting reports commented on Kevin King’s character. The term “Packers People” is something that is seemingly taken very serious inside 1265 Lombardi Avenue.
Packers Director of Football Operations Elliot Wolf addressed the media following the pick and said, “Kevin was the guy we didn’t want to lose.” He added, “We love his versatility. He was a starting safety his sophomore season and played a lot in the slot his junior year.”
It marks the return to the Pac 12 for the Packers for Green Bay’s first defensive draft pick. Kenny Clark, Damarious Randall, Datone Jones, Nick Perry and now King mean five out of the last six of Green Bay first picks were selected from the Pac 12.
Elliot Wolf smiled throughout his press conference inside Lambeau Field. “I think we got the tallest corner in the draft and he’s really fast. We are excited about this pick. I think he has the number one short shuttle and number one three-cone drill (times).”
Best player available and drafting for a position of need seemingly occurred with the Packers first pick of the draft. Kevin King will hopefully be an impact player for years to come for the green and gold
King talked with local media via conference call and had some interesting comments:
On whether he feels any extra pressure knowing the Packers have a major need at his position:
“No, Wherever I was going to be drafted I know I was going to come in and compete. I’m ready to come in and compete.”
On which current Green Bay Packers player he is most excited to meet:
“Aaron Rodgers he is a future Hall of Famer and a true pro. I’m really excited to meet him and all the guys on the team.”
On how he came up:
“It wasn’t too bad. I was blessed to have a two-parent home. My parents did a good job trying to keep me away from all the BS that happens in a big city. I have two brothers and one sister and we are very close. I think I am on course for what I do (because of them).”