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NFL Draft Bible:

Overview:    Fresno State hybrid edge/linebacker Mykal Walker looks the part of a Sunday player no matter where he goes and no matter where he lines up. The Fresno native has lined up at defensive end, outside linebacker, but his best position at the next level could very well be at MIKE (think Haason Reddick).

Walker possesses a strong, muscular frame and does an excellent job converting his speed to power. In addition to owning an impressive combination of strength and athleticism, he also played on special teams, adding an extra element of value in the eyes of pro evaluators.

While he didn't stand out at the East-West Shrine Bowl, he was steady, consistent and proved that he's going to stick around for a while. Walker has started at multiple spots this season but due to his lateral quickness and versatility, he could best be suited at middle linebacker in the NFL.

Career: In 26 games, recorded 183 tackles, including 23 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He also recorded one interception and 11 pass breakups. Walker came to Fresno State from Asuza Pacific, where he played his first two seasons, leading the team in tackles (102) and tackles for loss (11.5) during his sophomore season.

 

Dane Brugler:

BACKGROUND: Mykal Walker was born in Fresno and grew up in Sacramento, attending nearby Vacaville High School where he lettered in basketball, football and track. A three-year starter, he played all over the defense and totaled 112 tackles as a senior, seeing snaps at linebacker, cornerback and safety. On offense, Walker rushed 72 times for 577 yards and eight scores as a running back, adding one kick return for a touchdown. As a senior, he set personal bests in the 110-meter hurdles (15.03) and 300-meter hurdles (38.85), finishing as a state finalist in the 4x100 and 4x400.
 
A zero-star recruit out of high school, Walker wasn’t ranked by the recruiting services and while he thought he was headed to San Diego State, there wasn’t a scholarship left for him on signing day. He landed at Division II Azusa Pacific where he started two seasons before looking to transfer to the FBS-level, winding up at Fresno State. He followed a similar path as his father (Michael), who started his college career at College of Marin before transferring to Fresno State (1984-86). When he was in high school, Mykal’s father died from cancer. Walker accepted his invitation to the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl.
 
YEAR (GP/GS) TKLS TFL SACK FF PD INT  NOTES   2015: (9/3) 40 3.5 1.0 0 2 1  Azusa Pacific 2016: (12/11) 102 11.5 3.0 0 4 2  Azusa Pacific; First team All-GNAC; Led team in tackles and TFL; INT TD; Blocked kick 2017: Redshirted       Fresno State 2018: (14/14) 87 14.0 4.5 2 7 1  Fresno State; First team All-MWC; Led team in TFL; Blocked FG; Blocked punt; INT TD 2019: (12/12) 96 9.0 2.5 1 4 0  Fresno State; First team All-MWC; Led team in TFL; Team captain Total: (47/40) 325 38.0 111.0 3 17 4
 
 HT WT ARM HAND WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP    COMBINE 6030 230 32 1/2 10 79 7/8 4.65 2.73 1.62 33 10’02” 4.25 7.09 20 PRO DAY N/A (Pro Day canceled)
 
STRENGTHS: Versatile athlete with excellent play speed…rangy pursuit…gets blockers moving backward when he gets a head of steam to convert his speed to power…active with his hands, shooting his reach to play off contact…able to scrape around road blocks…flashes the movement skills to develop into a reliable cover man…regular on special teams coverages…self-motivated senior captain who understands that he gets out what he puts in…highly productive in his two seasons at Fresno State, totaling 183 tackles and 23.0 tackles for loss over 26 games.
 
WEAKNESSES: Tweener measurables and struggles vs. bigger bodies…below average functional take-on strength…washed out in the run game, struggling to leverage gaps…tends to stop his feet at contact as a tackler…pronounced pass rush and doesn’t mix up his attack to surprise blockers…appears robotic in his lateral movements…unproven in reverse as a cover defender…needs to improve his eye discipline and anticipation in his drops…questions about natural position fit could create scheme restrictions.

 
SUMMARY: A two-year starter at Fresno State, Walker primarily lined up as a stand-up edge defender in former defensive coordinator Bert Watts’ hybrid 4-3 scheme. He showed off his versatility as a senior, starting seven games as an edge rusher, three times at Mike linebacker and twice as an outside linebacker in more of a 3-4 alignment. Walker is an athletic mover with the play speed and hustle to work off contact and rally to the football. However, his play strength doesn’t always match his intentions and the lack of physicality is a concern that will only be magnified at the NFL level. Overall, Walker has been productive regardless of position or competition, but he will need to find more of an identity for that production to translate to the NFL, projecting as an off-ball linebacker and core special teamer.

 

NFL.com:

Walker began his collegiate career at Azusa Pacific, becoming an all-conference performer his second year (102 tackles, 11.5 for loss, three sacks). The Vacaville, California, native redshirted the 2017 season after transferring to FSU and took little time to step up in a Bulldogs uniform. Walker was voted first-team All-Mountain West and team Defensive MVP with 87 tackles, a team-high 14 resulting in losses, 4.5 sacks, an interception, six pass breakups, two blocked kicks, and two forced fumbles in 14 starts. He was a first-team all-conference selection in 2019, as well, recording 96 stops, a team-high nine for loss, 2.5 sacks and four pass breakups in 12 starts.
 
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 6
Overview
Scouts say Walker is expected to test well, and it can be hard to ignore the consistency of production over the last three years, but the tape just doesn't pop. As an inside linebacker, his instincts and awareness help take him where he needs to go, but the football movements are too stiff and mechanical and will make it tough to carry the production over as a pro. He has core special-teams potential and might be able to challenge for a late roster spot because of it.
Strengths
  • Averaged 91 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 5 passes defensed at Fresno State
  • Played inside and as standup edge linebacker
  • Above-average field awareness
  • Shows recognition of blocking schemes in front of him
  • Good finishing rate as a wrap-up tackler
  • Reads QB and squeezes passing windows from zone drops
  • Keeps working his feet to gain the edge as a rusher
  • Good shake-and-slip approach to bypass center as blitzer
  • Makes plays as a core member of special teams
Weaknesses
  • Doesn't play with an NFL linebacker's physicality
  • Needs to play with decisiveness as gap-shooter
  • Plays straight-legged in space
  • Football movements are segmented and lack fluidity
  • Below-average suddenness and short-area burst
  • Play strength is below-average
  • Rush speed is dull and unthreatening up to the edge
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A couple of notes: This is the first time the Falcons really went away from group think with a pick. Walker has a seventh round grade from Brugler and only a 5.69 from NFL.com, which is barely above practice squad. However, the Colts, Raiders, and Cardinals were all in on him. And PFF had projected him in the second round. 247.com listed him as one of the top five players available before the start of the day.

So, this is one of the best demonstrations of how much division there is about grades outside the top 75.

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8 minutes ago, jidady said:

A couple of notes: This is the first time the Falcons really went away from group think with a pick. Walker has a seventh round grade from Brugler and only a 5.69 from NFL.com, which is barely above practice squad. However, the Colts, Raiders, and Cardinals were all in on him. And PFF had projected him in the second round. 247.com listed him as one of the top five players available before the start of the day.

So, this is one of the best demonstrations of how much division there is about grades outside the top 75.

Yeah it is similar where there are only 12-15 true 1st round players and then another 20-30 players that are in the mold of "beauty in the eye of the beholder" kinda thing

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30 minutes ago, jidady said:

So, this is one of the best demonstrations of how much division there is about grades outside the top 75.

More and more people are waking up to the fact that there is no "Big Board"...just thousands of little ones.   I don't know much about the two day three picks we've made but reading their scouting reports reads like the literal answer to "What kind of player would TD and DQ covet?"   I think this staff is at their best when they just get guys they love as opposed to just filling a need.

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