Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.
Bills select...Eric King
CB | (5'8", 189, 4.49) | WAKE FOREST
Strengths: He is quick, fast, experienced and confident in his cover skills. He has great instincts, is tough, and has developed into a playmaker when the ball is in the air. Is a savvy cornerback with good recognition skills and awareness. Has solid technique, plays with good balance and body control, shows good burst out of his pedal, and has very good closing burst when breaking on the ball in front of him. He has fluid hips and the speed to turn and run with faster receivers. He does a very good job of finding the ball in the air and he gives up few big plays. He knows how to protect himself in coverage. Is tough and aggressive. Is more effective in run support than his size indicates. Fills hard and finds ways to bring down the ball carrier. Is a feisty, tough and competitive little player.
Weaknesses: Lack of size will always be his biggest limitation. He struggles to matchup against bigger receivers. He will be a liability on the perimeter in the NFL. Also will be a liability against bigger slot receivers and on fade routes. He does not have great leaping ability and will lose too many jump balls. Is tough in run support but is vastly undersized. Will get pushed around too often by blockers and is bound to get run over a lot more by bigger blockers and ball carries in the NFL.
Overall: King took over as a fulltime starting cornerback as a true freshman in 2001 and remained a fulltime starter since throughout his four-year career at Wake Forest. He started all 12 games as a junior in 2003 (59 total tackles, three INT's and 15 PBU) and 10-of-11 games as a senior in 2004 (40 tackles, two sacks, one INT and 11 PBU). King does not have good size and, at best, will be limited to a sub-package role as a slot cover corner in the NFL. However, he has the quickness, ball skills and just enough speed to develop into a dime DC in the NFL, which is why he's worth taking a chance on in the late rounds of the 2005 draft.
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Eric King, CB, Wake Forest
Height: 5:08.4 Weight: 189
Overview: A starter since the early stages of his freshman year, King is a solid cover cornerback with great catch-up speed, leaping ability and natural hands. He is called by the coaching staff a "take charge" kind of player who makes sure everybody is doing what their supposed to in terms of lifting and running. The unquestioned field general, the Demon Deacon players all followed his lead. King is a fine playmaker who always seems to be around the football. King was a multi-sport standout at the McDonogh (Woodstock, Md.) High School. He played defensive back for the Eagles, earning first-team All-State, All-Metro and All-County honors. He tallied over 1,200 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns and also had five interceptions and 45 tackles as a senior. Eric was a part of six conference championship teams -- three in football and three in basketball. He also competed in track and was the private school champion in both the 100 meters and long jump. King excelled in the classroom as well, appearing on the Honor Roll. King started seven games as a redshirt freshman at Wake Forest, recording 55 tackles (46 solos) with six pass deflections and a fumble recovery in 2001. He collected 63 tackles (51 solos) with two fumble recoveries, three interceptions and seven pass break-ups in 2002. King became the school's first defensive back since 1987 to earn first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a junior. He registered 59 tackles (49 solos) and led the conference with 18 passes defensed (15 pass break-ups, three interceptions) while also recovering three fumbles. He added second-team All-ACC honors as a senior, when he registered 40 tackles (29 solos) with two sacks, six stops for losses and eleven pass deflections in 2004. For his career, he started 42 of 46 games, recording 217 tackles (175 solos) with two sacks and eleven stops for losses of 47 yards. He returned seven interceptions for 143 yards and deflected 39 passes. He also recovered six fumbles.
Analysis: Positives...Has a small frame, but shows good muscle definition...Durable athlete who missed only one game during his career due to injuries...Well respected leader who does the little extras to succeed...Has very good overall speed and foot agility...Has the leaping ability to get to the ball at its highest point and make the interception...Best when playing in zone coverage, as he makes plays in front of him and shows a quick break on the ball... Quick to recognize route progressions and has excellent range.
Negatives...Frame has reached maximum growth potential...Has good field smarts, but just gets by in school...Has marginal man coverage skills (see 2004 Clemson game vs. Airese Currie), as he takes extra steps in transition and is slow to turn and come out of his backpedal...Because of this, receivers can out-run him, negating his foot speed...Not very physical working near the line and will not explode behind his tackles...Lacks desire to support vs. the run...More of a shoestring type of tackler, lacking wrap-up technique.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 4.4 in the 40-yard dash...300-pound bench press...440-pound squat...330-pound hang clean...4.18 20-yard shuttle...11.36 60-yard shuttle...6.92 three-cone drill...38-inch vertical jump...10'6" broad jump...Right-handed...18/33 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 4.49 in the 40-yard dash...2.66 20-yard dash...1.62 10-yard dash...Bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times...31-inch arm length...9 -inch hands...19 Wonderlic score.
High school: A multi-sport standout at the McDonogh (Woodstock, Md.) High School... played defensive back for the Eagles, earning first-team all-state, all-metro and all-county honors... tallied over 1,200 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns... also had five interceptions and 45 tackles... was a part of six conference championship teams -- three in football and three in basketball... also competed in track and field... was the private school champion in both the 100 meters and long jump... excelled in the classroom as well, appearing on the Honor Roll.
Personal: Majoring in Communications... son of Eric King, Sr. and Deborah Murray... father, Eric, played professional basketball in Venezuela... first got into sports by playing soccer... chose Wake Forest because of its "great education and athletic program -- the best of both worlds." ... Born 5/10/82 in Baltimore, Maryland...Resides in Woodstock, Maryland.
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Well I guess I'm a Bills fan too now.. Eric is my cousin. Always knew he would do big things one day.
HOW COOL is that.