NAME: Ricky Walker
SCHOOL: Virginia Tech
POSITION: Defensive Tackle
JERSEY: No. 8
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 304 lbs
The Hokies only return five defensive starters in 2018, but the leader of its defensive line is one them. Coming off a breakout junior season where he tallied 41 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, Walker is poised for a big senior year.
Offering a balanced skill set, Walker has upside as a playmaker as a run defender and pass rusher. He showcases an explosive first step, plays with low pads and does well to initiate contact to control reps. Walker plays with active hands and a variety of techniques to stack and disengage from blockers. He showcases numerous counters and executes his moves with sound timing.
While he’s not the biggest interior defensive lineman, Walker has good functional strength and is not easily moved out of his gap. He does well to control the line of scrimmage and maintain his run fits. He is also a dynamic gap-penetrator that offers considerable range.
Building off last years success could lead to Walker entering the conversation as a Day Two draft pick. He’s among the most talented and underrated prospects I studied this summer.