The Tennessee Titans have made D’Andre Walker the fifth Georgia Bulldog taken in the 2019 NFL draft. What can the Titans expect out of the Fairburn, Georgia negative?
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The 6’2, 251 pound outside linebacker doesn’t have ideal height for a 3-4 scheme, and is a little undersized to put his hand in the dirt in a 4-3. But he plays longer than he is, and has a knack for getting to the ball by any means necessary.
Walker came to Georgia perhaps a bit lanky and has gained good weight steadily during his four years in the Classic City. Still he didn’t actually start until his senior season. Prior to that Walker was most frequently used as a third down/passing situation rusher tasked solely with getting to the quarterback.
Walker may not have had his name called often over the PA before the game, but he heard it often once the game started. In 2016 Walker made 19 tackles, 2.5 for loss, in 13 games . As a junior he ranked second on the team with 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, seeing action in all 15 games for the SEC Champion Bulldogs.
As a senior starter he led the team with 11 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks among his 45 tackles in 13 starts. Walker is just a football player who makes plays whenever he’s on the field. He has a high motor, runs down plays, and isn’t afraid to take contact while simultaneously excelling at using his strong lower body and upper body flexibility to shed blockers.
Walker also emerged in 2018 as a vocal emotional leader for the UGA defense. He is a hard worker who leads by example, the kind of player Tennessee coaches can expect to buy in from day one. Finding guys like that on the final day of the draft is a good way to improve your football team drastically.
Walker is also one of those players UGA coaches can point to you in selling their developmental prowess two recruits. The former three star recruit out of Langston Hughes high school has improved every year of his college career, but really took off under the tutelage of Kirby Smart’s defensive regime now led by Dan Lanning and Glen Schumann.