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Bio: Falcons 7th round pick San Jose State cornerback Akeem King

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Falcons selected San Jose State safety Akeem King in the seventh-round (249th overall) on Sunday.

Akeem King, CB

Round: Seventh. College: San Jose St. Height: 6-1. Weight: 212. Hometown: Nipomo, Calif. High School: Nipomo. Age: 22. Highlights: Was his team’s fourth-leading tackler with 71 stops (tops among defensive backs) with two pass breakups and 1.5 tackles for lost yardage while starting all 12 games. Was a reserve over his first three seasons. As a high schooler, he also lettered in basketball and track and field, setting the school record with a time of 10.74 seconds in the 100-meter dash.


First round: 8th overall selection -- Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

Second round: 42nd overall selection -- Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

Third round: 73rd overall selection -- Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

Fourth round: 107th overall selection -- Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina

Fifth round: 137th overall selection -- Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson

Sixth round: 185th overall selection -- TRADED TO VIKINGS

Seventh round: 225th overall selection -- Jake Rodgers, G. Eastern Washington

Seventh round: 249th overall selection* -- Akeem King, S, San Jose State

*Pick is from New England through St. Louis


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Thursday: Top 5 defensive tackles

(Leonard Williams' Rugby skill will become handy in the NFL)

Friday: Top 5 defensive backs

Alabama's Landon Collins is the top safety prospect

Saturday: Top 5 special teamers

Dorsett, Alford could be top returners

Sunday: Top 5 edge rushers (defensive ends/outside linebackers).

Big Chuck Smith breaks down the top pass-rush prospects

Monday: Top 5 Offensive line

Georgia Tech's Shaquille Mason trying to convert to center for NFL 

Tuesday: Top 5 Wide receivers

Georgia's Chris Conley now projects as a fourth-rounder

Wednesday, April 22: Top 5 Running backs

With clean bill of health, Gurley top running back in the draft

Thursday, April 23: Top 5 Quarterbacks

NFL must handle Winston, Mariota with care. Both need seasoning

Friday, April 24: Top 5 Tight ends

South Carolina's Rory "Buster" Anderson hopes to get his NFL shot

ICYMI: Here's a link to last year's Position-by-Position series.




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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.