Pros: Is a good position blocker that takes good angles. Gets quickly off the snap and can lock onto defenders. Is a nice drive blocker. Has a nice mean streak and finishes his blocks. Is a capable cut blocker and shows mobility to block on the second level.
Cons: Has just adequate footwork and can be stiff at times there. Needs to get stronger, particularly in the upper body. Lacks pop and won't really push the pile as a run blocker. Whiffs on too many blocks and is not a great pulling guard.
Overview: Walker played right guard opposite Duke Robinson for three years. This past year he platooned at the position as OU tried to work a more promising young guy (Chris Simmons) with more size and power, but Walker was arguably still the most consistent of the entire starting five for Oklahoma.
NFL Forecast: Walker would be a good fit in a zone blocking scheme is really too small to play in other schemes. He's a good position blocker that lacks ideal size or strength for that position, but could be an effective starter for a team like Houston or Oakland that use the Alex Gibbs, cut blocking scheme. But I think he has better upside at center. Has little experience there, so a bit of a project, but could be a solid player if he can adjust. If his consistency at Oklahoma was any indicator, he should be fine there. Won't be dominant there, but could be an above average starter.
ATL Forecast: Walker has potential to develop at center. He won't be a star guy there, but has potential worth developing making him a potential upgrade over McClure. He's an efficient player that could make him a nice backup that adds depth at all three interior spots at the least. Will probably need a year or two on the bench before he could expect to compete at center, but I like his upside to be a solid starter for the Falcons there.
Value: Walker is a late round prospect as a guard, but his potential as a center can bump him up to a fifth round pick.
Scouting Reports of centers, guards, and offensive tackles in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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