Downtown Rams Draft Profile: Northwestern ILB Anthony Walker Jr.

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Our new massive series here at Downtown Rams will give you players that catch our eye. We will bring you bring you draft prospects, see where their fit is with the Rams and of course give you a player comparison.

Who is the 6-foot-1 , 235 pound DL Anthony Walker Jr.? 

Ten quarterbacks knew him as the “The Terror” because of his frightening style of play on the field as a red-shirt sophomore. His size and play on the field would emulate the shades of former HOF Linebacker Sam Mills and future to be HOF London Fletcher. In my opinion had he returned for one collegiate year would clearly be a top ten pick.

 

Strengths 

Fourth ranked linebacker on the board is

Clearly the fastest inside backer in the draft.

Great knack at getting  loose ball in turnover situations.

Straight line pursuit to the ball.

Loves to congregate at the line of scrimmage for the ball carriers.

Great peripheral vision which gives him great instincts and awareness in pass coverage.

Ability to return interceptions and fumbles into touchdowns.

 

Weaknesses

Can be slow to react to shifty runners in the gap or in open field. 

Should continue to work on functional flexibility. 

Body has accumulated too muscle and plays inflexible at times. 

Concerns of his body mass and how faster he’s become.

Can work on bending knees and meet blockers with move force from hips

Need to work on not being pushed out of plays from angle or stunt blocks

Need to work on freeing away from blocks with better hand technique to break loose.

Little short, but speed and power should make up for his height

 

How does he fit with the Rams?

Wade Phillips will love the motor and pounding from this kid, and probably can start week one. In the 3-4 scheme as an true inside backer, can compliment Alec Ogletree and become a great run stopper. Rarely was used as an blitzer but has the skill to get to the quarterback at the next level. familiar with 3-4 scheme.

 

Draft Grade

3rd-4th round 

 

Player Comparison 

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