Akeem King

Akeem King

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King at Atlanta Falcons training camp in 2015
No. 25Atlanta Falcons
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-08-29) August 29, 1992
Place of birth: Visalia, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Nipomo (CA)
College: San Jose State
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 7 / Pick: 249
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Tackles: 0
Quarterback sacks: 0.0
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Pass deflected: 0
Touchdowns: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Akeem Jerome King (born August 29, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). King was drafted in the 7th round, 249th overall, in the 2015 NFL draft by the Falcons.

Early life and college playing career

Born in Visalia, California, King graduated from Nipomo High School in 2010. King lettered in football, track, and basketball at Nipomo High and played three offensive positions (fullback, wide receiver, and tight end) and two defensive positions (cornerback and linebacker). In his senior season, King had 4 touchdowns, 30 tackles, and 2 interceptions.[1]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Akeem King
Nipomo, CA Nipomo HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.50 Jan 17, 2010 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 342 (national), 50 (CA), 76 (school)   Rivals: 88 (school)  247Sports: 265 (national), 93 (school)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


A two-star recruit, King attracted one offer from San Jose State. On January 17, 2010, King signed with San Jose State.[2]

Initially recruited as a wide receiver in Mike MacIntyre's first recruiting class at San Jose State University, King redshirted his freshman season in 2010, then switched to safety. As a redshirt freshman in 2011, King played the final two games of the season on special teams.[1]

In his sophomore season of 2012, King played eight games, including San Jose State's win in the 2012 Military Bowl, all on special teams.[1]

King played all 11 games in the season as a junior in 2013. He began playing as a reserve defensive back in addition to special teams. King had 15 tackles on the season and defended two passes, both in San Jose State's season-ending upset of #16 Fresno State.[1]

King completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in business marketing in May 2014 and was enrolled in San Jose State's Master of Business Administration program for his senior football season. King started all 12 games of 2014. He had 71 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, and 2 passes defended.[1] On November 21, King had a career-high 11 tackles against Utah State.[1]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 212 lb 4.41 s 1.59 s 2.61 s 4.38 s 7.08 s 37.5 in 10 ft 2 in 20 reps
Measurables were taken at Pro Day.[3][4]

King was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round, 249th overall, in the 2015 NFL draft.[5][6] On September 5, 2015, King was waived by the Falcons in the final cuts before the start of the regular season.[7] On September 7, 2015, he was signed to the Falcons' practice squad.[8] On November 6, 2015, he was elevated to the active roster.

On September 3, 2016, King was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury.[9]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Akeem King". San Jose State Spartans. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  2. "Akeem King-Recruiting".
  3. "Akeem King Draft Profile". NFL. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  4. "Akeem King". NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  5. Bio: Falcons 7th round pick San Jose State cornerback Akeem King
  6. Former Nipomo High star Akeem King goes to Atlanta Falcons in NFL Draft
  7. "Falcons Reach 52-Man Roster". AtlantaFalcons.com. September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  8. "Falcons Sign Eight Players to Practice Squad". AtlantaFalcons.com. September 7, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  9. "Falcons Finalize 53-Man Roster For 2016 Season". AtlantaFalcons.com.

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