NFL Draft Profile: Broncos Select Georgia Bulldogs Receiver Tavarres King

November 17, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Tavarres King (12) catches a touchdown pass behind Georgia Southern Eagles defensive back Tay Hicklin (14) during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Georgia Southern 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

 

6’0″, 192 lbs

Arm Length: 32-1/2″

Hand Size: 9-1/4″

40-YD Dash: 4.5

 

RECEIVING STATS
YEAR TEAM REC YDS AVG LNG TD
2012 UGA 42 950 22.6 75 9
2011 UGA 47 705 15.0 80 8
2010 UGA 27 504 18.7 63 3
2009 UGA 18 377 20.9 50 1

 

Positives

+Runs good routes and sells fakes well

+Great stop-start ability and can change directions quickly

+Consistently gets good separation and gets behind defenders

+Can go across the middle, make the tough catches, and isn’t afraid to take contact

+Good hands

+Good at picking up yards after the catch

+Named to Director’s Honor Roll at UGA and was Academic Achievement honoree in 2012

 

Negatives

- In UGA’s biggest game of 2012 against the Florida Gators, King was held without a catch, breaking a streak of 22 straight games with a catch.

-Suffered a season-ending ankle injury in 2008, his freshman year. Later redshirted.

-Decent run-blocker in college. Can he block at NFL level?

-Doesn’t offer anything in return game

 

Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

 

NFL Mocks Scouting Report

Over the last four years, King has become one of the best big play threats in the SEC but hasn’t put it together for one dominant season yet. Georgia has one of the best quarterback prospects in the country in Aaron Murray, so King has a real shot of being a big time performer. He has averaged 20.9, 18.7, and 15.0 yards per reception in the last three seasons, but really broke out in 2011 with 47 receptions for 705 yards and eight touchdowns. Despite losing to Michigan State in the Outback bowl, King blew up with six receptions for 205 yards and a touchdown, averaging over 30 yards per reception. Michigan State’s defense wasn’t exactly a slouch in 2011, so that kind of performance is going to turn heads. King has good speed and is one of the top senior wide receiver prospects available.

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