We have to wonder who the Green Bay Packers would have taken with their first 2017 NFL Draft selection if it hand’t been cornerback Kevin King.
While the Packers were trading backwards, out of the first round, the San Francisco 49ers were talking about trading up. The 49ers discussed acquiring a second first-round pick to nab King, who the Packers ultimately took with the first pick of the second round.
Over-caffeinated nuggetologist Peter King was with the 49ers during the draft. Here was the discussing between GM John Lynch, coach Kyle Shanahan and VP of player personnel Adam Peters.
Lynch: “I think Kevin could possibly be a move up, based upon if we gather picks and move up into the first round and, you know, you get a guy with another fifth-year option.”
Shanahan: “Kevin is a goal if we had the 32nd pick.”
Peters: “Not in the twenties, even?”
Shanahan: “To me, if we gained a bunch of stuff then we need to debate whether to move up into the twenties. I personally … I know King’s the best, but when you talk about guys like [Colorado cornerback] Ahkello Witherspoon possibly in the third or even [West Virginia cornerback] Rasul Douglas—like, we all know King is the best. [But] not a huge difference in getting the other guys.”
Lynch: “King is a little different though.”
Shanahan: “If all we needed is one guy, it’s a huge difference. King is definitely better. We need as many guys as we can, so … I’m hoping we can get [Ohio pass-rusher Tarell] Basham also. Now it’s not life or death, I’d rather risk getting the lesser guy to have more guys.”
What’s really interesting are their thoughts on King — how they mention that he’s different.
King is a little different. Great athleticism, great speed. We’ll have to see how that translates to the field in Green Bay, but would the Packers gotten their corner if the 49ers had nabbed King first?
It’s probably good we didn’t have to find out.