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DT, Vance Walker, Georgia Tech

DT, Vance Walker, Georgia Tech

At A Glance
Position 1:  Defensive Tackle
Height:  6-2
Position 2:   Weight:  295
Class:  Senior Age:  21
Projected Round:  4th  40time:  5.02
Combine/Proday Results
Bench reps:  29 Vertical:  33
20yd Split:  2.94 Broad Jump:  X
10yd Split:  1.75 20yd Shuttle:  X
3 Cone Drill:  X  

Pros: Quick, powerful player, with good lateral burst and a nose for the ball.  Relentless when he stays in his gap, and able to make plays.

Cons: Poor instincts, can take himself out of plays with poor judgment.  Plays smaller than he is.

Styg's Broncos "fit":   With luck, Walker will draw teams fire if they are looking DT in the fourth, which would allow prospects like Scott and Taylor to slip to later. Walker would suit the DT depth considerations of a 4-3, and he could possibly move to DE in the 3-4, but overall he is a poor fit for the Broncos going forward. Two stars virtually guarantee that the Broncos will look elsewhere.

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SBNation Says:

From "DL Draft Analysis" at Behind the Steel Curtain

He may need to bulk a little more, but he has the natural upper and lower body strength you're looking for in a NT. He doesn't always show the quickest burst off the ball - which means he may not draw double teams - but he's not going to move easily against the run.


Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:

  • Is an intuitive run stopper, but he does so much more than that. His ability to get into the backfield gives opposing quarterbacks nightmares....[see more]
  • Nice balance...Understands leverage...Shows the ability to penetrate and make plays behind the line...Does a good job of shedding  blocks...Tough...Plays with  a nasty  demeanor...Productive...[see more]
  • Coming off a huge junior year Vance Walker looked like potentially the top defensive tackle in the class, but he struggled a bit as a senior. He projects as a solid NFL player, but lacks the frame or athleticism to develop into a star. He was a two time First Team All ACC player, but may be the type that was a better college player than an NFL player. He projects as a 4-3 defensive tackle at the NFL level and is a low risk, low reward type pick.  [see more...]
  • Was a two-year starter...Named 1st Team All-ACC in 2007 and 2008...Was a finalist for the Bednarik Award in 2008...Was bothered by an ankle injury as a senior...Played on a very talented defensive line with fellow 2009 NFL Draft prospects Michael Johnson and Darryl Richard as well as a rising star in Derrick Morgan...A very solid, workmanlike player who does everything well but nothing really great.  [see more...]