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February 25, 2013

NFL Prospect Review: Tavarres King

Next up, Tavarres King.

Tavarres King
What is Tavarres' back story on how he got to Georgia?
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Tavarres was a four star reciever out of Habersham Central High School in Mt. Airy, which is only about an hour north of Athens in the foothills of the Appalachians. He led Habersham Central to the state quarterfinals in his senior season in AAAA, which was Georgia's second largest high school classification. He set a then-state record with 1641 recieving yards his senior season. He chose Georgia over Clemson, Florida and Georgia Tech. He committed to the Dawgs in May of his Junior season and enrolled early in January 2008.

He was, however, overshadowed by another wide reciever who signed with Georgia in the same class: AJ Green.

What did he mean to the Bulldog offense? 
He took a while to come around. He got hurt against Arizona State his Freshman year in what was looking to be his breakout game and took a red shirt. As you might imagine, AJ Green was the feature receiver in Georgia's offense, a spot King took over when Green left for the NFL. While he shared the go-to receiver designation with Malcolm Mitchell, King could be counted on for big plays. He led the Dawgs with a stunning 22.6 yards per catch with 42 catches on the season.

When Georgia needed a home run, King was usually the target.

What are his strengths?
Ability to create separation. Field vision, especially after the catch. Speed. Stop and go ability.

What are his weaknesses?
He has to gain some muscle, as he is very lean. He needs to improve his ball catching skills, as he misses some catchable balls. 

Do you see him as a potential #1 target for a NFL offenses?
He needs to build some strength, as he will have trouble creating space on the sidelines against physical pass defenders. He has the potential to be a number one in an offense that looks to take deep shots, but he has to build some muscle and improve his ball catching, especially in traffic.

How do you project him at the next level?
King will be a steal anywhere below the mid-4th round. He'll make a roster and could end up being a strong 2 receiver early in his career. If he builds some muscle and can continue to improve his ball catching, he could be a team's primary deep threat.

TD 

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