Exclusive First Interview with Desmond King

Minutes after being selected in the fifth round, defensive back Desmond King called to give his first interview as a member of the Los Angeles Chargers:

* *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.

* *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?

*King: *It was a relief to get that call.  They are giving me the opportunity, and I can’t take that for granted.  I have to come in there and reward them for that.

* *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.

* *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.

* *Who do you model your game after? Who inspires you?

*King: *I have to say Darrelle Revis.  He is the guy I compare myself to with the size, speed and playmaking ability.

* *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.

* *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.

* *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.

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