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Detroit’s Desmond King relieved to get call from Chargers

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Desmond King

Iowa cornerback Desmond King of Detroit waited and waited for his name to be called during the NFL draft, and he finally got picked by the Los Angeles Chargers in the fifth round, No. 151 overall, on Saturday.

King didn’t get picked until Michigan and Alabama each had 10 players chosen.

Some publications had King being a first-round pick or certainly a Day 2 pick – second or third round – but he wasn’t taken until 35 defensive backs had been chosen before him.

King, who played at Detroit East English, was a four year starter at Iowa, earning first-team All-American honors as a junior while leading the Big Ten in interceptions (eight) and passed defended (21). He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection this past fall.

King should be able to help the Chargers with his ability to play corner or safety while also returning kicks and punts if called upon.

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When asked by Chargers.com what was going through King’s mind after getting picked, he replied: “Really, that this is an opportunity. That is all I’m looking for. I’m ready to get there and get to work.

“It was a relief to get that call. They are giving me the opportunity, and I can’t take that for granted. I have to come in there and reward them for that.”

King said he models his game after Darrelle Revis.

“I am going to get out there and give it my all,” King said. “I’ll bring leadership, and I’ll (mix it up) in run support. Then I want to get an opportunity on special teams to show what I can do as a returner.”