As many as six players with Bay Area ties — players who grew up in the region or attended college here — could be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Six days out, we take stock of the players’ draft position: Who’s rising and falling, possible landing spots, reaction from draft analysts.

The six-part series continues with former Bishop O’Dowd star Kevin King, who just completely a successful career with Washington and has soared up the draft boards this spring.

Stock report: Rising.

King was best known, until recently, as the other cornerback in Washington’s stellar secondary. Teammate Sidney Jones was expected to be a top-15 pick prior to rupturing his Achilles tendon during a pre-draft workout. King was viewed as a mid-round pick in January, after a slew of underclassmen entered the draft. But the more scouts examined his tape, the more they watched him work out, the higher he climbed. The unfortunate truth is that Jones’ injury might have opened a spot in the first round for King.

Could go as high as: Mid-teens

Could go as low as: Mid-second round

What they’re saying: “With all due respect to Marcus Peters, Sidney Jones and Budda Baker,” analyst Rob Rang wrote, “the most versatile defender in Washington’s talent-laden secondary the past few years was King, who reigned regardless of whether he was asked to line up at safety or cornerback.”

Potential landing spot: Seattle.

The Seahawks have the No. 26 pick, they need a defensive back, and King fits their model: He’s tall, long-armed and rangy (think: Richard Sherman and Cam Chancellor): Green Bay, which owns the 29th pick, is also considered a possible first-round destination for King.

Bottom line: “Jones was going to be a top -10 caliber cornerback,” ESPN analyst Mel Kiper said. “So (opponents) would attack King more, and King was up …read more

Source:: East Bay – Sports

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