Kevin King Over T.J. Watt Made Sense in 2017
Kevin King might not play on Sunday. The same goes for T.J. Watt. For CBS and others covering the game, that will be a big bummer. Why? Well, they were drafted against each other essentially. Green Bay went with Kevin King over T.J. Watt. Green Bay had a chance to draft Watt at pick 29, and they traded the pick away then moved up to the top of the second round to draft King instead. This has been something Packers fans love to point to when the defense struggles. On yesterday’s Tapping The Keg podcast, Mitch & I broke it down, and why draft hindsight is so stupid.
This conversation happens about 40 minutes into the show yesterday.
What people miss on this stuff are two things. One, they miss out on the fact that the Packers drafted a ton of talented players throughout the years that other teams didn’t. The one I mention in the podcast to Mitch is Elgton Jenkins. Denver could have him, instead, they went with Drew Lock. Do you think they would rather have Jenkins? What about people who missed out on Jaire Alexander? My point is this shit happens all the time. And there were reasons behind taking King.
That’s the other thing, the Packers needed secondary help. Sam Shields went down with a concussion that ended his career. By the end of the year, Green Bay had Ladarius Gunter as their starting corner. Everyone was clamoring for a cornerback. At that time, Green Bay had Clay Matthews and Nick Perry on the outside. Green Bay didn’t need an edge rusher with limited skills (We go through Watt’s draft profile, it wasn’t pretty).
Look, was it wrong in the year 2021? Yeah. But we didn’t know then.
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