Vance Walker, DT, Georgia Tech

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Vance Walker, DT, Georgia Tech

Postby Pudge » Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:42 pm

Vance Walker
6-2/304 Georgia Tech
5.44 Senior

Pros: Has a nice first step and shows nice quickness to get upfield. Has pretty good strength and does an adequate job when facing a single blocker. Is a pretty decent bull-rusher.

Cons: Lacks strength and gets overwhelmed at the point of attack. Despite quickness, not a great pass rusher and lacks moves.

Overview: He's basically a one-dimensional player that doesn't excel in his single dimension. Concussion and ankle sprain limited him as a senior, leading to a drop-off in production: 8.5 sacks as a junior to only 3 his last year. Limited in Combine due to a hammy injury.

NFL Forecast: Walker is worth developing because of his quickness, but he still needs to develop better technique and strength both as a pass rusher and run stopper. He could definitely fit as an under tackle in the 4-3 scheme, but besides that he doesn't really fit well elsewhere. He's a nice disruptor that could help a 4-3 team in its rotation, but is not going to do much on first and second down. I don't see him becoming a starter, but a nice backup that helps out a team's rotation.

ATL Forecast: Walker could become a nice backup to Babineaux in the 3-technique, but besides that he's probably going to do much in Atlanta. Can spell the starter and give the team 20 or so good snaps. But his struggles vs. the run and the fact that he's not a great pass rusher make him just adequate for the next level.

Value: For a team looking for depth, he is worth a fifth or sixth round pick.
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