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A Man Named King: Tavarres King

From the University of Georgia's highlight reel, to the Denver Broncos ammunition box, rookie Tavarres King has never not shown big when faced with a long-shot.

Tavarres King's ability to show up in a big way in crucial situations likely led him to becoming a Denver Bronco.
Tavarres King's ability to show up in a big way in crucial situations likely led him to becoming a Denver Bronco.

From 1998 to 2010 there were 98 receivers drafted, names that include: Randy Moss, Tory Holt, Donald Driver, Plaxico Burress, Chad Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White, Brandon Marshall, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Demaryius Thomas, Andre Johnson and Dez Bryant.

Of those 98 receivers, ten had a rookie season in which they caught more than 900 yards.

Two of those ten names include Kevin Johnson and Eddie Royal; so a great first year, by no means guarantees that you will have another one.

It's also probably fair to say that none of those drafted between 1998-2013 have walked into a situation in which there was such an immense amount of talent ahead of them as there is currently in Denver.

Enter: Tavarres King.

Drafted 161st overall, in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Sitting behind great receivers won't be anything new to King, who spent his first two seasons at the University of Georgia alongside A.J. Green (who happened to be Peyton Manning's favorite target at last season's Pro Bowl).

Despite two seasons under Green, King finished his college career as third all time in touchdown receptions (21), fourth all-time in receiving yards (2,602) and had the fourth best receiving yards in a season (950) in 2012.

Not bad for a school that produced Jimmy Orr, Andre Hastings, Hines Ward and A.J. Green.

Now he will have Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker to contend with, amongst a host of others hoping to make the team.

King has consistently posted his biggest games against his best opponents. For example in 2012 vs. Michigan State in the Outback Bowl, King posted 205 yards and a touchdown. As a Senior in High School he caught 99 passes for 17 touchdowns and 1,632 yards.

You will see King immediately burst open, run perfect routes, but unfortunately you may also see him drop gimme passes. I wouldn't be surprised to see him get looks as a returner, at least earlier in training camp, through the scrimmage and possibly into preseason.

Size for some reason seems to be the main credibility issue with King, but size-wise he is more Torrey Smith than say Wes Welker.

The Denver Broncos will need him to develop quickly, as Decker's contract is up following this season and Wes Welker could only be available to the Broncos for a few more years. 2014's starting receivers could very easily be Thomas, King and Welker or some variation theretofore.