Packers Shut Down Kevin King For Season

The Packers placed cornerback Kevin King on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury. To take his place, they have activated defensive back Demetri Goodson from the PUP list.

Kevin King (vertical)

King, a second-round pick, was the Packers’ first pick in the 2017 draft after Green Bay moved down from No. 29 in a swap for the No. 33 selection (King) and a fourth-round choice. There were other big names on the board late in the first round, but the Packers were happy to expand their draft stockpile and land the Washington product. King only had so-so hype heading into the draft process, but he quickly turned heads with a 4.43 second 40-yard-dash, a 39.5-inch vertical leap, and the best times of any cornerback in both the three-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle.

As a rookie, King appeared in nine games and made five starts for the Packers. Unfortunately, he was sidelined last week and team doctors have determined that he needs additional time to recover.

The advanced metrics haven’t been wowed with King’s play (he ranks 109 out of 115 qualified CBs, per Pro Football Focus) but his presence will be missed in Green Bay. Without King, the Packers will have to rely on two 2017 undrafted free agents, one 2016 UDFA, and a former sixth-round pick (Goodson) to support starters Davon House and Damarious Randall.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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5 comments on “Packers Shut Down Kevin King For Season

  1. robertj53086

    Packer fan here. They should have still drafted TJ Watt. Big mistake

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    • 11Bravo

      Packers fan here too. The kid has only played in 9 games and you’re ready to call his selection a mistake? He’s played well all things considered. He’s also played through injuries and was willing to cover Antonio Brown despite playing with one arm. That shows heart to me. Plus CB is tougher to play than. OLB. Give him time before making that determination.

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  2. CubsRebsSaints

    Prob Should’ve taken Ramczyk from Wisconsin so maybe QB would be standing ?

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  3. CubsRebsSaints

    Who did they draft with that pick they acquired in the 4th round?
    That’s the question

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