Iowa defensive back Desmond King will not run the 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine because of an abdominal strain, the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports.
King, whose speed is considered a hindrance to him playing cornerback in the NFL, will likely run the 40 at Iowa’s pro day.
Iowa DB Desmond King won't run the 40 here in Indy. Will do other drills. Has an ab strain, source says. His 40 time at pro day will be big.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 3, 2017
King has timed out at about 4.5 in the 40 in the past but will likely have to beat that time to convince NFL teams he can play corner, the position he manned at Iowa. He has said he would be willing to shift to safety in the pros, if necessary.
CBS Sports ranks King the No. 5 cornerback in the draft and projects he will be a first- or second-round pick.
King played four seasons at Iowa, accumulating 263 tackles and 14 interceptions (tied for 14th in Big Ten history). As a junior in 2015, he led the Big Ten with eight picks and was a consensus All-American. He also returned kicks and punts for the Hawkeyes during his final two seasons.