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Exclusive First Interview with Desmond King
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Minutes after being selected in the fifth round, defensive back Desmond King called Chargers.com to give his first interview as a member of the Los Angeles Chargers:
Chargers.com: Welcome to the Chargers! Can you give fans a glimpse into what is going through your mind right now?
King: Really, that this is an opportunity. That is all I’m looking for. I’m ready to get there and get to work.
Chargers.com: So many thought you’d be off the board well before day three began, let alone the fifth round. What was that like for you?
Chargers.com: Give us a quick scouting report on Desmond King. What do you bring to the table?
King: I am someone who is going to get out there and give it my all. I’ll bring leadership, and I’ll (mix it up) in run support. Then I want to get an opportunity on special teams to show what I can do as a returner.
Chargers.com: You won the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in the country in 2015. What areas do you need to improve upon to make the same impact as a rookie in the NFL?
King: There is always room to get better in everything. I want to improve my whole skillset. I think that is what you have to do to be successful. So I want to improve everything.
Chargers.com: Who do you model your game after? Who inspires you?
Chargers.com: Some pundits have you listed as a safety. Some cornerback. We have you listed as a defensive back so what is your approach heading in here as a rookie? Do you have a preference?
King: I want to play a little bit of both. At this point right now I really don’t know how they plan to use me. Whatever position it is, I just want to get in there and learn right now.
Chargers.com: You have another rookie defensive back you can lean on in our fourth-round pick, Rayshawn Jenkins. Have you thought about how beneficial that will be as a young player going through this transition?
King: It will be really helpful. Just knowing there is someone there with you going through the same process, and they can walk through it with you; it’s big. I hope we have a lot of success and learn together.
Chargers.com: Finally, I always want to give our picks a chance to speak to their new fans for the first time. What do you want to tell Chargers fans out there?
King: I am a hard worker. I want my first message to be that I am someone who is going to go out there and give it 110% every day. Read