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Jarriel King/South Carolina football Videos
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King's versatility, athleticism and upside could merit late-round consideration by NFL teams. However, an array of technical flaws combined with a handful of red flags off the field might leave him off draft boards completely. Scouts could project King as an offensive guard at the next level because of his inconsistent footwork and tendency to get beat off the edge as a tackle.
Positives: Ideal body type to play offensive tackle at the next level -- long, solid frame, broad shoulders, long arms. Raw athlete with upside and significant room to develop as an offensive lineman after being converted from a junior college defensive end. When able to get off the line quickly and extend his arms, King shows "shutdown" type flashes in pass protection. Showed some versatility at South Carolina, starting two games at left guard in 2009. Possesses the athleticism to be an effective blocker in the run game with the ability to get downfield ahead of the run and engage defenders at the second level. Struggles to get leverage against opposing defensive linemen when run-blocking, often coming off the line too upright and getting pushed into the backfield. Similar problems when run blocking downfield, not getting low enough to properly use his legs and drive defenders backward.
Negatives: An alarming list of off-the-field struggles and run-ins with the law including a trespassing conviction, a theft charge, and an assault and battery charge stemming from an altercation with a former girlfriend. Inconsistent timing of first step off the line often leaves him beat to the edge by opposing defensive ends, resulting in poor footwork and inability to establish proper position. Has a tendency to over-anticipate and "reach" for the defender off the line rather than slide-stepping into a solid stance, extending his arms and allowing the defender to approach him. This overpursuit often results in bending at the waist with a subsequent loss of balance, forcing him to have to "chase" down defenders who beat him to the edge. Absorbs too much of defender's initial punch by bending his back rather than bending his knees; relies too heavily on arm and upper-body strength for proper extension. Lack of quickness off the line leads to inconsistent hand placement inside the shoulders of opposing pass rusher, making him vulnerable to strong initial punch and bull rush. Lacks consistent footwork and slide-step technique to handle change-of-direction, fake and spin moves by pass rushers at the next level.
Played in 11 of 13 games, earning seven starts...Earned first start at left tackle vs. Furman and started the next six games...Made first appearance vs. Georgia...Played vs. Troy, Clemson and in the SEC Championship Game but did not start...Missed Florida game after suffering concussion vs. Arkansas...Tied with T.J. Johnson for most starts of any offensive lineman (26)...Named Most Improved Offensive Lineman in the spring.
Started eight games overall... started the first four and five of the first six games at left tackle... moved to the starting left guard position against Alabama and Vanderbilt... returned to the starting slot at left tackle for the Tennessee contest... overall started six times at left tackle and two at left guard in 2009.
Became a stalwart at the left tackle position... joined the team in the fall and made the transition from a junior college defensive end to offensive tackle... made 11 starts on the season... got the starting nod in game two against Vanderbilt, then after getting into just one play against Georgia, regained the starting duties at left tackle and held that position for the remainder of the season.
Sat out the fall of 2005 before enrolling at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga., where he was considered a four-star prospect... played for Coach Bert Williams... started on the defensive line as a freshman in 2006 and recorded 23.5 tackles, including 2.5 sacks... ranked as the 40th-best junior college prospect in the nation by Rivals.com... named to the All-Southeast Region team by PrepStar magazine.
Graduated from North Charleston (S.C.) High School in 2005 and signed with the Gamecocks, but did not qualify academically... played in the 2004 North-South All-Star game... named to the Class AAA All-Defensive Team and rated the 11th-best player in the state by High School Sports Report... rated the 22nd-best player in the state of South Carolina by PrepStar... named first-team All-Low Country and first-team all-state... was the Charleston Post & Courier Lineman of the Year... one of 50 players nationwide to be named to the "Old Spice Red Zone Team," listed in USA Today... team captain... region champion in the shot put and MVP on the track team... did not play organized football until his freshman year... recorded 86 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and three blocked kicks in 2004... as an offensive lineman in 2004, he was credited with 29 pancake blocks.
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03/19/12 - OT Jarriel King was released by the Seahawks shortly after news broke that he was arrested and charged with sexual assault in South Carolina last month, according to the Seattle Times.
King was claimed by the Seahawks off waivers from the Giants before the start of last season, but appeared in just one game. According to a report by WCSC TV, King and another man are accused of having forcible sex with an intoxicated woman.