After being ruled academically ineligible for the 2011 season, Georgia senior running back Caleb King has opted to test the NFL waters by entering the Supplemental Draft instead of attempting to transfer to another school and finish out his college career the proper way.
Although he is a talented player who was highly-recruited out of high school, he has spent his entire career at Georgia as a backup. After spending time behind Knowshon Moreno and Washaun Ealey, King was expected to still be riding the bench in 2011 with five-star running back Isaiah Crowell taking the helm. Throughout his days as a Bulldog, he started 10 times while compiling 1,271 yards and 10 touchdowns on 255 carries.
I find it hard to believe that any NFL team will be willing to spend even a seventh-round pick on King. According to ProFootballTalk, King has received grades that translated to a sixth-round pick and a priority undrafted free agent. He has NFL-caliber size (5’11’’, 217 pounds) and possesses plenty of potential, but the lack of production is a bit off-putting.
Who would really be willing to give up a draft pick when several other undrafted free agents from the 2011 NFL Draft will be available when the lockout finally ends? With runners like John Clay, Darren Evans, Noel Devine and Derrick Locke sitting in limbo, it makes King’s chances slim.
Considering his off-the-field issues with school, it seems unlikely that King’s NFL career will ever come to fruition. It’s a disappointing end to what appeared to be a promising college career.