With the 38th pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select Desmond King, Defensive Back, Iowa.
Desmond King fell out of the first round? Haha! Really? Well, that makes this pick easy. Our gain, your collective loss.
Anyone who loves football loves Desmond King. He won the Thorpe last year as the best defensive back in college football, as well as being a consensus all-American, and he was a lock to be a top 40 selection. But instead of chasing the money, King stayed in school, loyal to his program and teammates, and was studiously avoided by any quarterback with two braincells to rub together. He's one of the most physical cornerbacks you will ever see. True, he isn't the fastest, which may necessitate a move to safety, but the dude is a baller and will compete like a mad dog every snap.
When quarterbacks throw his way, he eats them for breakfast. On the year, he allowed 19 catches for 233 yards on 46 targets, with only 77 of those yards coming after the catch. He allowed one touchdown and picked off two passes while breaking up eight others. And that's on top of being the best run-defending corner we have ever scouted.
Either as a corner or a safety, we ****ing love this guy. The people of San Diego will learn to love him, too.