By: Steve Johnson
Ricky Walker, IDL, Virginia Tech
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2014: 11 games. 9 tackles, 1 TFL
2016: 14 games. 28 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 4 pass break ups
2017: 13 games. 41 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 pass break up, 1 FR for TD
2018: 11 games. 49 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 pass break up, 2 FF
Accolades: 2014 Semper Fidelis All-America Game, 2018 Second-team All-ACC
History: Three-star recruit out of Hampton, VA. a Second-team 6A All-State Selection as a senior at Bethel High.
Strengths: Great get off. Can shoot gaps and shows good penetrating ability. Quick feet Shows nice shed ability. Uses his hands effectively and has a knack for getting off blocks. Strong hands, shows some pop. Shows some upside as a bull rusher. Good pad level. Good motor.
Weaknesses: Not ideal mass, needs to bulk up. Balance isn’t great, indicative of a weak lower half. At times it appears that he has average eyes. Good not great athlete. Wasn’t overly productive as a pass rusher.
Overview: Walker is a gap penetrator run stopper, that would best fit as a 3-technique. He offers strong and active hands and a quick first step. I’d like to see Walker put on some weight. His ability to blow up plays in the run game should get him selected prior to day three.
Draft Projection: Late Day Two
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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