King has been a popular name among Seahawks fans for months now. He's 6-foot-3 with 32-inch arms and tested in the 99.2 percentile among cornerbacks at the combine.
Regardless of whether the Seahawks trade Richard Sherman -- and GM John Schneider said the team has moved past the idea -- they need cornerback help. DeShawn Shead is coming off a knee injury and is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season. Jeremy Lane played nickel last season. And the bottom end of the roster is littered mostly with unproven options.
But still, I was somewhat hesitant to go with King here. The Seahawks have not drafted a cornerback before the fourth round since Pete Carroll and John Schneider took over back in 2010. Think of the cornerbacks they've developed -- Byron Maxwell, Brandon Browner, Sherman, Shead. None was a high draft pick.
This is Carroll's area of expertise. When he was at USC, he wanted the Trojans to be known for developing talented corners. With the Seahawks, Carroll has been able to build a great secondary without using significant draft capital. King could be an exception, but it's also possible that the Seahawks wait on cornerback, especially given the depth of this year's class.
I thought guys like Western Kentucky guard Forrest Lamp (16th to the Baltimore Ravens), Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk (20th to the Denver Broncos) or Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson (25th to the Houston Texans) might slip to the Seahawks, but that did not happen. It's not a deep offensive line group, but if Seattle has a chance at one of the first-round prospects, it could pounce.
Given the way the board fell, the players I was deciding between were King, Michigan defensive lineman Taco Charlton and UConn defensive back Obi Melifonwu. Melifonwu is a player to keep in mind if the Seahawks trade back.
It's also worth noting that other potential trade-back options like Wisconsin's T.J. Watt (29th to the Green Bay Packers) and Kansas State's Jordan Willis (31st to the Atlanta Falcons) went off the board in the first round.
Our mock draft did not include trades. But Schneider will almost certainly be open to moving back or even out of the first round. If quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are still on the board at No. 26, a team could look to swap picks with the Seahawks to take them.