Two Rusher: Part XI.
Walker is very good against the
run. He holds his position well with his hands on short yardage. He can
hold up and meet the RB at the line. He gets sealed too easily on inside runs.
But he will make his money rushing the QB. He will lined up at DE in odd fronts, and rush on the OG. He can dip his way past him and hit the QB. He
played with a bone spurs. He had surgery so he couldn't run at the
Combine. He is an elite passrusher who garnered 16 Sacks and 21.5 TFL in
is the forgotten rusher in this Draft. He played like a 1st Round pick
last season, but was not considered to be that good. "My film is awesome,"
said. "My numbers, no one’s better. D-tackle. D-end. They just wanted me to come out and show it to them. That was my only thing. I had to come out here at Pro Day to show them."
He finally was able to work out at his Pro Day.
wasn't able to participate in the off season, because of surgery to remove
a bone spur. "Heck yeah," Walker said. "I believe I did. Just hearing from my team and everything with my numbers. I came in here with my goals and I achieved everything except for one thing. I’m very proud of
myself." He garnered 28.5 Sacks at FLA ST to be their all time
Pro Day put him back in the conversation. "It’s just something I love," Walker said. "I just love pushing myself, showing people, and proving people wrong. That’s my thing. So I came out here and just did it."
But I think he still ends up in the 3rd.
Cemented his place as one of the top defenders in Florida State history, finishing the season with 68 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked extra point (at Miami)...capped his career with four TFLs including one sack in the victory over No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl...the consensus All-American began the season with 4.5 sacks, all in the second half, on Labor Day against No. 11 Ole Miss in Orlando, earning National Player of the Week honors from multiple outlets.
Speed looks like a question. But he has great hands. He sheds ORT's like
ticks. He can get the RB on the edge when he is blocked by the TE. He is a better run defender this year than he was last year.
Great inside Swim move.
Great inside Swim move. Uses his long arms to set the edge well. He can track the QB down outside when he keeps the ball, and when he hits him he does
look like he is 280-pounds. He is such a great inside rusher at 3-tech. He can play outside on run downs, and inside on passing downs as well as anyone.
Played the zone at the end of the line very well. He can attack the RB and the QB on
the edge. He can grab he RB from behind on the second level. He needs to be a better run defender for his size.
He can burst into the backfield and take down the RB as well. He will line up in front of the OG, and slide outside in traffic with the OG grabbing him to get in front of the RB. Lining up
more at 3-Tech on rushing downs this season. Great shoulder club, and inside move to the inside shoulder of the ORG,
that force the OC to double him. Then can still flush the QB. He can chip on the RB sneaking out of the backfield, but it really takes him out of the rush.
Game by Game:
He had double-digit tackles in consecutive games against No. 3 Clemson and NC State...as part of a senior class that went undefeated against long-time rivals Miami and Florida (4-0 against each), he saved his best performances of the year for both teams...against Miami, combined on a TFL and blocked the extra point in the final minutes that would have tied the game, leading to FSU’s 20-19 victory over the Hurricanes...against Florida in the season finale, continually applied pressure to quarterback Austin Appleby, finishing with 2.0 sacks and an additional quarterback hurry...also recovered two fumbles against the Gators, the first two recovered fumbles of his career and the first two FR game for a Nole since Xavier Rhodes also had two against the Gators in 2010...tallied multiple sacks in five different games this season (Ole Miss, Wake Forest, NC State, Syracuse, and Florida)...his 16.0 sacks was the second highest in the nation and third most in single-season history at
FSU... his 21.5 TFL this year are tied for third in single-season
history... ranks third in career sacks (28.5) and is third in TFLs (45)...one of five defenders to start all 13 games this
He looked like a star in the 1st half against Michigan. He has to be the best inside rusher in the Draft. Terrific stunter. He swam over the OLG and OC on a twist, and as the OLG went back to pick up the other DT, He swam over the OC and sacked the QB. He is not the fastest rusher, but he is one of the strongest. He doesn't need to be pure flash and
dash rusher, because of his size and power. He can run through the interior linemen and drag them to the QB. He can burst inside and tackle the RB behind the LOS as well. He will dominate inside, and then late in the game still have the stamina to beat the ORT around the edge.
When he lines up in front of the ORG, he can burst past him like a rocket and flush the QB. He has great heavy hands. He can jam the blocker with both hands, and you can see his shoulder jolt back. He is so quick off the snap that he can burst and tackle the RB trying to run a Dive to the other side. He is such an odd player. He is some where between a Edge rusher and 5-Tech, and I'm quite sure he is either. Great inside rusher at 4-Tech. He can punch the OLG in both shoulders, and then Swim into the QB.
I love the way he turns and sets the edge naturally. Plays very well sideways to the LOS. Started on the strongside against Miss. He looks bigger this year, which I'm not sure is good for him. Tends to play run first. He is such a great rusher.
He flash to the edge quickly, but he has great size for an edgerusher and is a beast bursting inside. He can club the OG with both hands and run by him like he is a tackling dummy. Makes life hard for QBs very fast. They line him up all over. He just looks like the modern
NFL DE. He can line up inside the OT on 3rd and long, and will get doubled by the OC and OG.
He made the play that changed the game against
Miss (4:55). He Swam inside the OLT, and sacked Kelly. Then he punched the ball out to put FSU into position to take the lead after being blown out of the 1st
half (5:09). Great clutch play. Then he got a sack on 3rd and long in the 3rd to get FLA ST the ball
back (5:59). He showed the speed to run the arc, which is what I worry
about the most. "I just had to show them that I can move," Walker
said at his Proday. "Their biggest question was 'We want to see him move' with their own eyes. I came in here with a chip on my shoulder. I was ready to
work." He showed he could move there.
Seems to set the edge naturally on both edges. Does a nice job keeping contain and keeping his eyes on the QB, but he will react too slowly to things going on in the backfield. He can get twisted to the ground by the ORT at the point in run
defense (:12). He will line up in odd fronts as the 5-tech in sub rushing packages. Likes to put two hands in the dirt when he
does. Great inside shoulder club to hit the QB (:32). He can still test the edge as 5-tech, and make the QB move to the left to
throw. Great quick hands in the rush (:42). He will also line up at 3-tech in sub packages. He has a nice shoulder club combo into a swim as
3-tech. He got to Kaaya against Miami and had a strip sack with that move.
He will stop rushing sometimes and spy the QB (1:24). He recovered a
fumble do that against Miami. Then they start putting the RB on his side.
can hit to the QB from the side on the sneak on 4th and 1 to stop him
(3:20). He played the run on the left side as well (3:34). Great club
Rip around the corner. He is not the fastest guy, but he is one of the
fastest turning the corner through contact by a ig ugly (3:44). Great job
slipping the ORT to get penetration against the run (3:52). And he can do
the same to the OLT.
Kept forcing Miami to double him in the
rush (4:33). He can stack and shed on the edge like a 5-Tech (4:53). He will
line up at 3-Tech (5:12). He will blast off the snap with elite explosion sometimes.
Watch this amazing initial burst that caused the OG to Hold him (5:28). He
can hold the point against the double team like a 5-Tech (5:37).
Elite quick swim move (6:35). He has better quicks and agility than he is given
credit for having.
does a nice job hand fighting the OLT as he turns the corner and bends into the QB. Great job clubbing he OLT's arms down and turning
inside past him with speed (7:03). He can punch the OLT off, and force him
to tackle him from behind (7:11). Nice versatile edgerusher. He can look more like a pure edgerusher, as he tends to set up
on the edge and avoid the RB inside the tackles (7:30). Consistently avoids traffic and pile ups in run game.
will lined up inside at DT, and burst through the triple team to sack the
QB. That is as good an inside rush as you will ever see (8:04). Watch the
great hands and burst inside. He grabbed the inside hand of the ORT, and
swam past him, and he was gone (8:24). They couldn't stop him even by
doubling him with two OLs (9:12). You gotta see this to believe it (9:40).
He can turn the corner on the ORG with a nice blend of power and speed. Nice first step that gets him into the
ORG's shoulders fast. He can combo a shoulder club into a Rip to hit the QB before he can move his
feet back foot into a
3-step. Then he recovered the fumble again.
First Team All-ACC (Media & Coaches)
ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Hendrick's Award Finalist
Lombardi Award Semifinalist
All-ACC Second Team (Media)
All-ACC Third Team (Coaches)
2016: Cemented his place as one of the top defenders in Florida State history, finishing the season with 68 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked extra point (at Miami)...capped his career with four TFLs including one sack in the victory over No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl...the consensus All-American began the season with 4.5 sacks, all in the second half, on Labor Day against No. 11 Ole Miss in Orlando, earning National Player of the Week honors from multiple outlets...had double-digit tackles in consecutive games against No. 3 Clemson and NC State...as part of a senior class that went undefeated against long-time rivals Miami and Florida (4-0 against each), he saved his best performances of the year for both teams...against Miami, combined on a TFL and blocked the extra point in the final minutes that would have tied the game, leading to FSU’s 20-19 victory over the Hurricanes...against Florida in the season finale, continually applied pressure to quarterback Austin Appleby, finishing with 2.0 sacks and an additional quarterback hurry...also recovered two fumbles against the Gators, the first two recovered fumbles of his career and the first two FR game for a Nole since Xavier Rhodes also had two against the Gators in 2010...tallied multiple sacks in five different games this season (Ole Miss, Wake Forest, NC State, Syracuse, and Florida)...his 16.0 sacks was the second highest in the nation and third most in single-season history at FSU...his 21.5 TFL this year are tied for third in single-season history..ranks third in career sacks (28.5) and is third in TFLs (45)...one of five defenders to start all 13 games this season.
2015: Put together his finest season as a Seminole after starting all 13 games at defensive end…established single-season career-highs for tackles (58), TFL (15.5), sacks (10.5), pass breakups (5) and forced fumbles (4)...registered his first career interception at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and closed out the regular season blocking his first career kick on a fourth quarter field goal attempt by the Gators in Gainesville…earned All-ACC second team honors from the media and third team accolades from the coaches as a junior…his 10.5 sacks were the most for an FSU player since 2012 and tied for fifth in the ACC...his 15.5 TFLs tied for the eighth most in the league, while his four forced fumbles tied for the conference lead...finished his junior campaign on a high note posting 22 tackles in his last two games including a career-high 13 against Houston in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl…in FSU’s 27-2 victory at Florida, tallied a then career-high nine tackles, 3.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks, while forcing a fumble and blocking a kick…the blocked kick was the first by a Seminole since 2010…was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week twice in 2015 after pacing the Seminoles to victories over Miami and Florida…dating back to his sophomore season has made 20 consecutive starts – the longest active streak by a Seminole entering 2016…four-time game captain (Boston College, Georgia Tech, NC State and Houston)…was named the team’s Defensive MVP, along with Jalen Ramsey, at the end of the year banquet and one of four permanent captains in 2015...named Defensive MVP and Hinesman Team MVP along with fellow defensive teammate Derwin James following the 2016 spring season.
2014: Sophomore defensive end who made great strides from his first to his second year…played in all 14 games and made 11 starts, including the final seven games...boasted 38 tackles on the year, including 27 solo stops...had the second-most tackles of any Seminole defensive lineman…his six tackles for loss ranked fifth on the team...career-best six tackles, including one TFL, came in home finale against Florida...had five solo tackles in win at Miami…opened season with four stops versus Oklahoma State…had a tackle for loss in three straight games (The Citadel, Clemson and NC State)…registered three solo tackles, one TFL and a forced fumble versus The Citadel…had five tackles, including one TFL, against Clemson…totaled four stops with a TFL at NC State…made three tackles against Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game…finished with two tackles versus Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
2013: Started three games (Pitt, BCU and BC) and played in 12 as a true freshman defensive end...made his first career start at Pitt on Sept. 2...had three stops against Bethune-Cookman...set a new career high with four tackles against NC State...posted three tackles against Syracuse...recorded two tackles, both for a loss and included a sack (both career highs), against Idaho…finished rookie campaign with 18 tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack, and also totaled three quarterback hurries.
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