NFL Draft Profile: Iowa's Mitch King

Feb. 10, 2009

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Mitch King has never attended an NFL game in person, but that will likely change next season when he suits up for a yet-to-be-determined franchise.

The former University of Iowa defensive tackle is featured in the Tuesday, Jan. 10, edition of Sporting News Today as the on-line publication’s NFL Draft Profile.

When the NFL Draft takes place April 25-26, King said he will be watching from his bedroom — alone — with no one standing over his shoulder. Reading between the lines of the interview, if King has a preference of teams selecting him, it would be the New York Jets, or more specifically, the team with quarterback Brett Favre.

“He is one of the toughest individuals around, and plays the game with his heart and emotions on his sleeve,” King said.

The Burlington, Iowa, native was a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes from 2005-08. He compiled 228 career tackles with 55 tackles for loss and 17 ½ quarterback sacks. King, who says he loves Laffy Taffy candy, played in three bowl games — including two on New Year’s Day. The Hawkeyes defeated South Carolina 31-10 on Jan. 1 to finish his senior season 9-4 overall.

“Being a football player with the University of Iowa cannot be beaten,” King said. “The facilities and fans are amazing and game day proves that.”

To read the entire question-and-answer feature with King, click HERE.