#82 Lions: SS Tracy Walker

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Overview
For prospects at smaller FBS school, extra importance is placed on the games against top-tier competition, leaving little room for error. With Texas A&M on the Louisiana schedule this season, Walker had the opportunity to face off with one of college football’s best slot receivers in Christian Kirk. Overall, the Texas A&M tape does a great job showing his ups-and-downs as a prospect, but Walker did an admirable job against Kirk, helping limit him to only three catches for 34 yards and a touchdown.

A former basketball player, Walker has the frame more for a shooting guard rather than a safety and needs to get stronger for the next level. As an athlete, he stays balanced to make open field stops and maintain positioning in coverage, but he doesn’t play with any burst or twitch.

Analysis
STRENGTHS
Tall, long frame with a humongous wingspan. Functional play range to cover a lot of grass and clean up messes near the sideline. Balanced in coverage to stay in position when on top of the route. Looks to disrupt route timing without sacrificing his footwork. Need to see it more, but flashes the ability to bait, ball search and undercut when the passing lane is in front of him. Widescreen vision and anticipates well from his high safety perch. Open-field agility to corral and finish elusive ballcarriers. Not timid sticking his nose in the fire as a run defender. Versatile experience at safety, cornerback and nickel. Stayed relatively healthy over his career with 42 starts, growing into a defensive leader. – Dane Brugler 2/2/2018

WEAKNESSES
Needs to get stronger and pack more bulk on his frame. Ungraceful transition skills due to choppy feet and stiff hips. Doesn’t have much feel with his back to the ball, often losing his man when he tries to turn and locate. Too reactive in coverage and won’t take many chances. Sticking to blockers with marginal stack/shed skills. Tendency to throw his body downhill instead of coming to balance and using proper tackling fundamentals. Eager to attack alleys, but his aggressive outside pursuit angles leave him susceptible to cutback lanes. – Dane Brugler 2/2/2018

IN OUR VIEW
Walker is a rangy athlete with improved tackling skills and a basic understanding of coverage concepts, but he needs to improve his play anticipation if he wants to be anything more than a special teamer in the NFL.

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