The St. Louis Rams signed Justin King on Wednesday July 23rd, to a three year contract. Justin was the Rams fourth-round draft pick, and the 101st overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. Justin King is a cornerback from Penn State and was all Big Ten first-team in 2007. Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown had Justin listed as the 7th best cornerback in the 2008 NFL draft. They projected Justin to go in the 2nd or 3rd round, so the Rams getting him in the fourth round could be a good deal. Justin should be able to help our cornerback depth, as well as add some special teams talent that we are lacking. Justin can also be used to return kicks, which he may need to do if Dante Hall is not up to full speed.
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Smooth athlete…Good size and bulk…Outstanding speed with a burst…Fluid and flips his hips well…Quick and agile with excellent feet…Excellent hands…A reliable tackler…Has a lot of experience against elite competition…Very smart and a hard worker….Versatile and can also contribute as a return man…Has a ton of upside.
Not very strong or physical…Struggles with big wideouts…Raw and needs a lot of work when it comes to technique..Has a long memory…Sub par ball skills and isn’t much of a playmaker…Questionable awareness and instincts…Underachiever who does not play to his measurables…Might lack a fire in his belly…Workout Warrior?
Stepfather, Terry Smith, was a wide receiver at Penn State from 1988-91…One of the nation’s premier recruits coming out of high school…Three-year starter in the Big Ten…Was able to graduate from college in just 35 months..Also saw extensive action at wide receiver early in his career…A finesse corner with all of the physical tools you look for but something seems to be missing…An enigma who could be a stud if the light ever comes on but he will need a lot of coaching…”Boom or Bust”.
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