The Atlanta Falcons used their final pick of the 2015 NFL Draft on San Jose State safety Akeem King. The Falcons chose King with the 249th overall selection in the seventh round, the last pick before the compensatory selections. The Falcons acquired the pick from the St. Louis Rams as part of their deal in 2013 to move up for cornerback Desmond Trufant.
King has good size and speed, measuring in at 6’1″ and 215 pounds and clocking a 4.35-second at his pro day. King also lifted 225 pounds 20 times on the bench press, leapt 37.5 inches on his vertical jump and timed at 7.08 seconds in the three-cone drill.
King played mostly special teams early on in his career at San Jose State, converting from the wide receiver position. In 2013, his first year on defense, he recorded 15 tackles and two pass breakups in 11 appearances. As a redshirt senior, he earned the starting spot at strong safety and started all 12 games he played in. He finished the year with 71 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a pair of pass breakups. He was one of the most efficient tacklers among the safeties in this draft class according to Pro Football Focus. King was able to vault that production into an appearance at an all-star game, the Medal of Honor Bowl.
King is expected to move to cornerback with the Falcons, possessing the sort of athletic traits that the Seattle Seahawks used in identifying their cornerbacks over the years.