Kansas wide receiver Nigel King making bid for NFL

Kansas wide receiver Nigel King has set his ambitions on earning a spot in the NFL. The Maryland transfer and graduate from Raleigh, N.C., caught 30 passes for 537 yards and a touchdown in his lone season for the Jayhawks. He averaged 19.3 yards per catch. King ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 and 4.52 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout, bench pressing 225 pounds 15 times with a 39-inch vertical leap, a 10-9 broad jump at 6-foot-2, 214 pounds. "Everything is going pretty smooth," King said in a telephone interview. "I had a good Pro Day. With that behind me, I can train for football-specific stuff. I talked to a few scouts and they gave me an 8 out of 10 on the day. I hurt my hamstring the week prior to my Pro Day. I would say I was about 85 percent, but I made it through the whole day." Last season, King caught four passes for 52 yards against West Virginia and five catches for 128 yards and a touchdown against Texas Christian. King heads to the NFL with one more remaining season of eligibility. "I felt like last season was good for me, we could have been a little better because I'm never satisfied," King said. "I did all I could do at Kansas. I had graduated and I just wanted to look for something different." As a sophomore at Maryland, King led the Terps with five touchdown catches. He started games as a freshman. King was a blue-chip recruit for the Terps after catching 38 passes for 73 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. He had 12 touchdowns and 900 receiving yards as a junior. "I definitely plan on going in with the mindset of doing whatever I have to do and take on whatever I have to do to make the team," King said. "I can make the difficult catch and stretch the field. A lot of people say I can't beat people over the top, but I showed that this year." King had a lunch meeting with the Miami Dolphins prior to his Pro Day. He did board work for the New England Patriots prior to the workout. He also talked with the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns. "I started playing when I was six years old, I love the game," King said. "It's just something about football. Growing up in a basketball state, football is something different about me. It's just something that attracts me to the game. "I love playing it. It's a team thing. It's like a brotherhood. You build so many relationships as far as playing the game I've built a lot of friendships. It's a great game." King played in the inaugural Gridiron Showcase all-star game. "It was good, I enjoyed that," King said. "I felt like I had a great week down there." King majored in American studies with a focus in communications. "I would like to do something in the TV world," King said. "Football is just a start for the rest of my life." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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