DL Georgia 6-5 272 JR #44
GRADE: 90 OVR RANK: TBC POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 35 1/2″ // HAND SIZE: 10 3/4″
40YD: 4.51 (100%) // 10YD: ( %) // VJ: 35 1/2″ (87%) // BJ: 10’03” (93%)
BP: ( %) // SS: 4.32 (83%)// 3C: 6.89 (98%)
Projection: Versatile Defensive Lineman who is scheme diverse and could play in a variety of alignments. Best fit in a 3-4 defense as a down lineman. Draft Projection: Top 10 ~ Mel Kiper, ESPN
Ravens Fit: The Ravens are looking for an interior pass-rusher with length to play at the 5 technique spot. Walker fits this role like a glove – they usually look for more size but he plays above his frame and the Ravens will need to sacrifice some principles to get more interior pass rush. He has the toughness they look for and relative athleticism for his size. He also has genuine versatility, not looking like a square peg in a round hole across a variety of alignments. The only issue is his processing which may prevent him from starting consistently early in his career but with development, he could turn into a valuable 3-down DL.
Overall Fit 4/5
Plays mostly as the 6 technique in Georgia’s four man front. In-sub packages on obvious passing downs he moves inside to 3 technique. Played a variety of alignments with a wide variety of responsibilities.
He is currently an only adequate processor, so his upfield burst in non-obvious passing situations can be lacking. He is lean but carries good weight for a Defensive Lineman and he is able to make up for his lack of upfield burst against inferior competition with his horizontal explosion. When rushing inside he is often too fast for interior Offensive Linemen, with his hands too, and this is usually because he only rushed inside on obvious passing downs. He has a solid pass rush plan with some moves developed already. He is particularly proficient with the club-rip on the outside but he can also come back with an effective long-arm move and his fast hands allow a dangerous arm-over move inside. He also has a good bull rush due to his play strength but you feel it is under-deployed watching him, particularly given how effective his club rip is.
On this note about play strength – he has the power to walk back bigger bodies inside into the pocket, he combines leverage and functional strength to play bigger than his frame appears and could prove effective as an interior defender. He uses his feet well to set up these moves with a particularly effective first lateral step that he can set up other moves off once he establishes it. Plenty of motor, competitiveness and physical toughness. He is very good on stunts and games and in this situation, can keep two blockers occupied for his looping teammate.
His upfield burst, against the run, can be found similarly wanting due to a processing deficiency – he will compete against adequate or worse competition due to his athleticism and play strength but against more complex offenses where he has to deal with more variety of blocks he is slower to take-off. This delay can affect his hand usage against the run but it is only limited to the best competition, whom he will still compete with because he has excellent use of hands.
He has a powerful initial strike and good hand placement, he locks out and displays his play strength by using one hand to control the point of attack against most competition before disengaging with his free hand and making a play on the ball carrier. When setting the edge on the front-side of running plays he can control the POA, leverage his gap and disengage to tackle the runner. On the backside of runs he can collapse the OL and take away the cutback option for the RB – he will do this with power most often. He shows some technique to occupy double teams but he’s not quite playing it perfectly yet, doesn’t attack the post man with leverage, he does corkscrew his leg but gives the drive man too much surface area to hit.
Plays bigger than his frame with surprising play strength and athleticism. Great use of hands, as a pass-rusher and as a power-striker in the run game. Slow to process blocks
JR: 5 Sacks, 9 QB Hits, 28 Total Tackles
SO: 1 Sack, 3 QB Hits, 11 Total Tackles, 1 FF
INJURY: Broken Left Wrist (FR) Missed 2 games