Photo of Joe Walker
Drafted By: Eagles
Grade
5.01 ?

Draft Analysis:

If he sticks around, Walker's ceiling is as a sub-package cog who can contribute on special teams. He has above average range against the pass and run. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'2" Height
  • 236LBS. Weight

Overview

Walker played in 40 games for the Ducks over three seasons (2013-15). He recorded 205 total tackles in that time.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds
Vertical: 37 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 4 inches
Short shuttle: 4.31 seconds
3-cone: 6.81 seconds
Bench: 23 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Surprised some NFL scouts with solid workout at his pro day. Adequate play speed on tape. Uses hands well to punch and shift around blockers to stay clean. Square scraper with good lateral agility and quickness to flow to outside with run play. Plays under control. Productive tackler who rarely takes shortcuts and plays his role. Gets good depth in his drops has some cover ability in space.

Weaknesses

Undersized for the middle. Needs more play strength. Will struggle to take on blocks and maintain gap leverage in pros. Has issues getting over top of seal blocks. Lack of twitch limits reactive quickness against shifty runners. Doesn’t fired downhill with bad intentions often enough.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line

Walker's pro day numbers forced some scouts to go back to the film on him. What scouts likely saw was a player with nickel linebacker ability who can play in space and who has the instincts and ability to make it into camp and fight for a spot at the back end of the roster or on the practice squad.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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