Tavarres King: Draft Prospect Preview

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Playing “Between the Hedges”, Tavarres King proved to be one of the most loyal and dedicated Georgia Bulldogs.  A 5 year senior, he played wide receiver and for his whole career he was a guy that Georgia could really depend on, especially in the latter portion of his career when he really started to mature and grow into a leadership role.  Never the first one to catch peoples’ eyes, but always the grittiest and smartest player on the field, he certainly knows how to make all the right plays.

King participated in the Senior Bowl where he impressed everyone.  He was measured in at 6’0 in height and weighing 192 pounds.  At the Senior Bowl, he showed the toughness to consistently break off of press coverage and get into his routes, something all the scouts raved about.  He demonstrated the best ability to do this at the Senior Bowl than any other receiver.  He also showed them his fluid route running ability and deceptive speed down the field to run past defenders.  At the NFL Combine he was able to show this off more where he ran an official 40 yard dash at 4.47 seconds.  In the other drills, he benched 225 pounds 11 times, had a vertical jump of 36′ 1/2″, a broad jump of 10′ 03″, 20 yard shuttle of 4.33 seconds, and a 3-Cone Drill of 6.91 seconds.  Although he did not stand out in any one category, he certainly had one of the more well-rounded, solid combines of any of the other receivers.  There were others that stood out more in the individual drills, but King did not go unnoticed.

University of Georgia Football vs. FloridaKing shows the speed to be able to run away from defenders on deep routes and crossing patterns.  Even though he only benched 225 pounds 11 times, he shows the important hand strength to beat press coverage and get down the field quicker than any of the other receivers in the draft.  An attribute that is very important in an NFL receiver.  He has average size for a receiver, which might leave him off of the top of receiver draft boards but King makes up for that with solid leaping ability and good body control in the air.  Even though scouts see inconsistency in catching the football, he can make all the catches, and can use his strong hands to pluck the ball out of the air.  King’s most important aspect of his game is his football IQ and his grittiness on the field, he always knows the right way to run the route to create that important separation and make the play.

I would project him to be drafted in the mid to late 3rd round by any team looking to add some wide receiver help.  He can split out or play the slot which makes him very valuable.  His fluid route running, quickness and speed could really help a team looking for a third receiver to bolster their offensive attack.  When he gets in the NFL and has a chance to grow more, I see him as a solid number 2 option but don’t count out his chances on getting to a number 1 spot because King has dedication and commitment like no other and will always strive to get better.  A high motor, high character guy, he will be great to add to any team and any locker room.  These attributes about King is what made him most successful at Georgia and will make him very successful in the NFL.

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