Photo of La'Rod King
Grade
54.5 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 222LBS. Weight

Overview

King is a self-described “Army brat”, both in Wurzberg, Germany as the son of a now-retired Army Sargent First Class and a former college football player. He’s now also a father himself, as son Isaiah was born in April 2012. With NFL scouts intrigued with the body and hands that made him a good high school basketball player, King might be able to provide a nice living for his young son for at least a few years.

Primarily a high-school quarterback as a senior, King’s athleticism also allowed him to play receiver, tight end and safety. He worked his way into the receiver rotation midway through his freshman year, catching 10 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown over the second half of the season. King started six of 13 games played in 2010 (36-478, 5 TD) before lining up with the first team for every game as a junior (40-598, 7 TD).

Analysis

Strengths

Has the height to match up with anyone on the edge length wise. Uses hands to beat jam, usually arm over swim, and quickly looks back at the quarterback after the release. Drives on defensive back against off coverage, uses body to push off and create space at the top of his route. Flashes the ability to weave through coverage downfield, looks back while in a soft area. Best on sideline tracking routes or sitting in zones. Active blocker that gives enough effort, even when defender is on the ground.

Weaknesses

Takes a few strides to get going, therefore struggles against press coverage due to forced short steps. Solely an outside receiver, lacks the suddenness, versatility, and ability to adjust to work inside. Lack of speed off the line leaves him susceptible to one arm jam. Tentative when running through trash on underneath or crossing routes. Fails to high point underthrown targets, preferring to wait and body-catch.

NFL Comparison

Roberto Wallace

Bottom Line

This self-described “Army brat” is the sort of big-bodied target to which every quarterback loves to throw. King has been a factor on the Wildcats’ offense since his freshman year, with his production growing each season (40 catches, 598 yards, and seven touchdowns in 2011) despite the team’s lackluster passing attack. Continued improvement throug his senior season should result in an NFL team using a Saturday draft slot to secure his services.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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