I’m not sure that Detroit would want to take multiple players off Penn State’s defense, but the Lions need help on that side of the ball and the Nittany Lions had the best unit in the country.
King came into 2023 as a projected first-round pick, but after a rough outing against Marvin Harrison Jr. and Ohio State his stock started to fall. In all, King allowed 25 receptions on 41 targets with no intercetpions and one pass breakup. He was far from a disaster, but he was a lot worse than expected.
At 5-foot-11 190 pounds, King doesn’t have the impressive stature that propelled Joey Porter Jr. to the top of the second round in the 2023 NFL draft, so his lack of production is even more detrimental that it would be to a more physically gifted player.
King’s stock was falling coming into the Senior Bowl, but after routinely losing reps to bigger players like Tez Walker from North Carolina and struggling to play the ball, he could drop out of Day 2.