Tracy Walker

Louisiana-Lafayette
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Prospect Info

College
Louisiana-Lafayette
Hometown
Class
Brunswick, GA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
206 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
8 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.49
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Detroit
Lions
Round 3 ‧ Pick 18
40 Yard Dash
4.51
Seconds
 
Bench Press
14
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
119.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.0
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.28
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.27
Seconds
 
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Walker has stood out since he was young, partially because he was the only boy among six siblings. As a redshirt freshman in 2014, he earned Freshman All-Sun Belt honors after starting eight-of-13 games played, making 44 tackles, intercepting two passes, and breaking up three other throws. He was a starter as a sophomore (10-of-12 games), as well, compiling 74 stops, five for loss, one interception, and six pass breakups. Walker led the Ragin' Cajuns with three interceptions in 2016, starting 12-of-13 games played, piling up 61 tackles, 2.5 for loss. His senior season was his best, starting 12 games and leading the squad with 97 tackles (3.5 for loss) on his way to third-team All-Sun Belt honors. Walker also led the team with two interceptions and broke up six passes.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
Overview
Safety with long, slender build who has good linear speed, but could struggle as an open field tackler and when isolated in deep coverage. Walker's long arms and explosion numbers in testing will be very intriguing to teams who covet measurables and traits from their defensive backs. His size and body type could put him in line for a test run as bump-and-run corner for teams with a rangy free safety over the top.
Strengths
  • Long-armed safety with adequate range over the top
  • Opportunistic when he gets his shot
  • Has eight career interceptions
  • Uses length and leaping ability as disruptive tools to challenge catches
  • Forceful hitter in the open field whose frame should be able to accommodate more size
  • Won't turn down opportunities to send a message
  • Good feel for run fits near line of scrimmage
  • Leverages ball carriers against sideline with patient, angled pursuit
  • Quick to punch and separate to stay clean as tackler
Weaknesses
  • Missing instincts to stay a step ahead in coverage
  • Needs to see it
  • Takes time to build up speed out of transitions
  • Slow to open and sprint when challenged over the top
  • Hips are tight and won't swing open freely
  • Lacks agility for quick recoveries when he steps out of position
  • Step slow to diagnose and trigger against the run from high safety
  • Will need additional play strength for next level
  • Hits and slides as a tackler
Sources Tell Us

"He's really long and has some cover talent. He's better off being hugged up with run support or in coverage. I'd like to see him get some reps as a press corner to see how he handles it." -- AFC team Southeast region scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league