The first pick of the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft comes from the Pac-12, and it’s the second selection from the Washington Huskies. Cornerback Kevin King was selected by the Green Bay Packers. He won’t be the last Washington Husky defender to be taken this draft.
King started his career with the Huskies at safety, which is where he stayed his first two years until coach Chris Petersen arrived in 2015. When Marcus Peters was dismissed from the team, King moved to cornerback and excelled, teaming up with Jones to form one of the country’s best cornerback duos.
The Oakland native gained national attention in 2016 as the Huskies rode an elite defense to the Pac-12 title and the semifinals of the College Football Playoff. Teams shied away from Jones and tried to attack King. It didn’t work — according to Pro Football Focus, King didn’t allow a single touchdown last season.
King joins John Ross as the Huskies taken in the 2017 NFL Draft. Budda Baker was taken later in the second round.