University of Miami quarterback D’Eriq King is drawing increased interest from NFL teams with an emphasis on his quarterback skills. The Manvel graduate worked out privately for New England Patriots assistant coach Joe Judge, is scheduled for the Texans’ local prospect day on April 8, had a Zoom meeting with the Baltimore Ravens, and talked extensively with the Denver Broncos following the Miami Pro Day workout along with other NFL teams, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.
Miami QB D’Eriq King meets with Texans, Patriots, Ravens, Broncos, others
Most NFL teams are working out King as a quarterback while also intrigued by his versatility as a slot receiver and as a red-zone threat.
Beyond an invitation to the Miami Hurricanes’ Pro Day, King (5-foot-9, 196 pounds) has drawn interest from the Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, and Seattle Seahawks, according to a league source. King was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine but was still rehabbing from a shoulder injury.
King caught 58 passes from 2016 to 2017 before transferring to Miami. The former Manvel High School standout passed for over 10,000 yards and rushed for 3,000 yards in high school.
As a freshman, he started at receiver and caught 29 passes for 228 yards and 1 touchdown. King also returned kickoffs and had 1 score with an average of 25.4 yards per attempt.
‘The more you could do, the more valuable you are’
As a sophomore, King split time at both positions and caught 29 passes for 264 yards and 2 touchdowns while passing for 1,260 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Additionally, King rushed for 379 yards and 8 scores.
“The more you could do, the more valuable you are. So if I can be one guy on a roster that can be backup quarterback, receiver, special teams, whatever I can do,” King said after the Miami Pro Day. “It’s all about getting the best opportunity to make the roster.”
As the full-time starter in 2018, King had 50 total touchdowns (36 passing and 14 rushing scores) to lead the nation before he tore his meniscus. In 2019, he redshirted before transferring to Miami.
With the Hurricanes, he was an honorable mention All-ACC selection with 2,686 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions, and rushed for 538 yards and 4 scores.
He tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a bowl game after deciding to return to Miami for another season. He started three games before injuring his shoulder, ending his season. When healthy, King is a productive, consistent contributor.
“I am a quarterback, that’s who I am,” King said. “I’m a leader like a quarterback, I watch tape like a quarterback, but at the same time, I love football. I love the game of football, however, it gets me the opportunity to play at the next level. I don’t care if they tell me to go wash the car, I’ll do it.”