Justin King Scouting Report

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Justin King Scouting Report

Position: CB
Conference: Big10
School: Penn State Nittany Lions
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #1
Height & Weight: 6'0 - 186 lbs.
Drafted 4.2 in 2008 by STL

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Justin King, CB, Penn State

Justin King is a top notch CB prospect. The 6'0", 186 lbs. junior from Penn St. has the tools to shut down NFL receivers. He went through a few shaky spots this season, but overall has done a great job in coverage. King finished this season as a First Team All Big Ten selection. He totaled 49 tackles and 2 INTs this season, despite the opposition throwing away from him most of the season. King also led the Big Ten this season with 17 passes defended. King has defended top flight college receivers all season, facing Dorien Bryant, James Hardy, Mario Manningham, Arrelious Benn, and Brian Robiskie with good results. He shows good ball skills in coverage and has blazing speed. King will need to hit the weight room so he can play press coverage when needed against NFL receivers. Pittsburgh Post Gazette columnist Ron Muselman reported King had 4.3 or better speed in the 40. The thing that makes King an exciting prospect is this is only his second year as a full time CB. Because of injuries, King was forced to play mostly at wide receiver during his freshman year. Corner is one of the toughest positions to play in football and his relative lack of experience shows how good he could be with NFL coaching. An added bonus with King is his experience at both receiver and as a return man at Penn St. Justin King is an excellent corner, with unlimited potential. The shaky end to his year might see him slide to the end of the third round. Justin King showed up in Indianapolis and ran a 4.31 40 yard dash. Scouts expected him to run fast, but he showed the type of speed that will make people take a chance on him in the earlier rounds. King's speed and 34 inch vertical leap give him the tools to be a shutdown corner in the NFL. King just needs a little time to develop. He only has two years as a full time corner in college, but King can contribute to a team immediately as a return man. King should be taken somewhere toward the top of round three. Justin King continues to rise up teams' draft boards. He had a great combine and followed it with another outstanding performance at Penn State's pro day. King showed off his 37 1/2 inch vertical leap to the scouts in attendance and ran the short shuttle in a blazing 4.34 seconds. Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN has projected him as a late first round pick, but King will more likely go in the early-to-mid portion of round two.

Last Updated Apr-02-2008 by Randall Weida

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