Desmond King waited longer than anyone expected.
But with the 151st pick, the Los Angeles Chargers finally selected the former Iowa All-American. The fifth-round selection made King the fourth former Hawkeye off the board.
Iowa DB Desmond King, Chargers. pic.twitter.com/90RXbjFxK4
— Jordan Loperena (@JLope34) April 29, 2017
You’ be hard-pressed to find many more productive defensive backs the last two years than King. The Jim Thorpe Award winner earned two first-team All-B1G nods in his final two seasons in Iowa City.
The ball-hawking cornerback picked off eight passes as a junior, which tied a program record.
In addition to his presence as a lockdown corner, King could also provide an immediate boost in the return game at the next level. He was the only B1G player in the last 20 seasons to finish with 12 or more career interceptions and 1,500 combined kickoff return and punt return yards.
King could’ve been one of the first defensive backs drafted in 2016, but he elected to return to school for his senior season.
With his selection, King became the first Iowa defensive back to be drafted since Micah Hyde in 2013.