4. Kevin King, Cornerback
After struggling for the majority of his first season with a shoulder injury, King is poised to be the team’s number one corner on day one.
Despite some struggles in coverage last season due to a slow adjustment and injury, he was strong in run coverage. Per Pro Football Focus, he tied for 18th in run defense among cornerbacks which helped strengthen their early season high ranking in run defense.
King should continue to build on that strong performance last season and only get better with more experience. At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and 4.43 speed, he has all the physical tools necessary to match up with the best receivers in today’s NFL.
New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s system will help generate more pressure which will help the defensive backs in coverage. As long as King stays healthy, he can quickly bounce back from a down first year. With the help of established veteran Tramon Williams working alongside him, King could quickly start locking opposing receivers up.