4. Desmond King
Desmond King’s bright future started in the city of Detroit, Michigan where he was a standout at East English Village Prep Academy. In his high school career, Kind set a state record for interceptions and a school record for rushing yards.
The dominance continued when he joined the Iowa football team as King was a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes becoming the first true freshman to start at defensive back for Kirk Ferentz since Jovan Johnson in 2002. As a junior, he turned in one of the finest seasons in Iowa football history as he grabbed eight interceptions and was named First Team All-American while taking home the Jim Thorpe Award. He followed that up with First Team All-American honors in his senior season as well.
Despite an impressive career with the Hawks, King fell to the fifth round of the NFL Draft where he was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers.
Since King joined the NFL, he’s recorded 133 total tackles, 4 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 2 touchdowns. In just his sophomore season, King had a breakout year finishing with one of the top corner grades according to Pro Football Focus and being named First-Team All-Pro.
I placed King at number four because he’s proved he can compete with other top defensive backs in the league and has the ability and IQ to continue becoming a ballhawk like he was at Iowa.