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NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Week 16 Brings Massive Trading

Nov 12, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) attempts to sack Mississippi Rebels quarterback Shea Patterson (20) during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) attempts to sack Mississippi Rebels quarterback Shea Patterson (20) during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 1, 2016; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Desmond King (14) and linebacker Ben Niemann (44) celebrate against the Northwestern Wildcats during the second quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2016; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Desmond King (14) and linebacker Ben Niemann (44) celebrate against the Northwestern Wildcats during the second quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports /

22. player. 49. . CB. Iowa. Desmond King

This pick was a little bit of a hat tip to our Sayre Bedinger, the resident Iowa fan who has raved about King’s ability for a good while now. When you turn on the tape, you quickly realize why King is widely rated as highly as he is. He’s a stout player who seems to play an NFL caliber cornerback at a very high collegiate level. There are a few flaws in his game, but I’d argue that he’ll be one of the safer picks in this class.

For the Packers, grabbing a cornerback in the first round wasn’t a product of the way the board fell necessarily, rather that King’s insertion onto the team’s 53-man roster immediately, filling a large hole, seemed too good to pass up on. There are plenty of areas that the Packers should spotlight on this year (though I think they could be going to the Super Bowl, but that’s an article for another day) — corner happens to be one that Ted Thompson could receive good value on in the early rounds this spring. If King checks out in Green Bay’s private meetings, he could be an easy fit come April.