Tavarres King: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Georgia Wide Receiver
Tavarres King was a wide receiver from the SEC and the University of Georgia.
In his final two years of college, he was the Bulldogs' leading receiver but did not live up to expectations.
King is not a first-round pick, but he possesses a skill-set that should help him find a home somewhere in the NFL.
Should your team select King, here are some things to know about the former Bulldog.
Full Name: Tavarres King
Birthday: July 14, 1990
Hometown: Mount Airy, Ga.
High School: Habersham Central
Major: Geography, Social Studies Education
King was at Georgia for five seasons. He played four games in 2008 before receiving his redshirt. While deciding where to attend college, King was recruited by Florida, Clemson and Georgia Tech in addition to Georgia.
After two seasons behind A.J. Green on the Georgia receiver depth chart, many expected King to take a big step forward in 2011 and 2012.
His stats do show an improvement in 2011 and 2012, but not at the leap many had hoped for.
His reception, receiving yards and touchdown reception totals powered the Bulldogs in 2011 and 2012, which was expected.
Weight: 189 pounds
Arm Length: 33"
Hand Size: 9.5"
40-yard dash: 4.47 seconds
Broad jump: 123"
Vertical jump: 36.5"
King did not participate in Georgia's Pro Day.
Tavarres King finished his Bulldog career with the third-most touchdown receptions (21) and was fourth all-time in total receiving yards (2,602). His career high in receiving yards in 2012 (950), was the fourth most in a season in school history.
The product from Habersham Central High School had seven 100-yard receiving games, with his career high coming against Michigan State in 2011 (205). That same game, King recorded his career-long touchdown reception (80 yards).
In 2011, he was selected to the watch list for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the nation's top wide receiver, and earned Athletic Director's Honor Roll distinction for the fall semester.
As a redshirt freshman, King received one of team's Newcomer of the Year awards for offense. He was also named to Director's Honor Roll for fall 2008 semester.
After his senior season at Habersham Central, King was named Georgia's Gatorade High School Player of the Year for 2007. He caught 99 passes for 1,632 yards and 17 touchdowns that season.
Tavarres King is viewed by most to be a mid- to late-round draft pick.
CBSSports.com projects King as a fifth-round pick. According to the report, King "...demonstrates great lateral agility, acceleration and generally reliable hands. Shows the stop-start-go elusiveness to consistently make defenders miss and enough straight-line speed to beat them over the top."
An NFL.com report issues major concerns about King's bulk, dropped passes and ability to go up in the air and take the ball away from defenders. The report compares him to Damian Williams of the Tennessee Titans.
Comparisons aside, King profiles as a likely third or fourth receiver in an NFL receiving corps, which should slot him some time after the fourth round.
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