On Ball LB – #7 Georgia
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Crisp County (Cordele, GA)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.9830)
Phil Steele: PS#24
Quay Walker Scouting Report
Very explosive athlete. So rangy. Very quick. Excellent body control. Changes direction with little effort. Not as strong in his upper body as the other linebackers on the team. Looks too small. Not a brute. Lacks size, if anything.
Tough tackler. Struggles to wrap up at times. Works downhill in the box well. Seems hesitant at times and dances around the pile. Flashes the ability to close the hole and control the tackle, mostly against smaller running backs. Overall, not a consistent tackler. Pursuit angles are not consistent. Struggles to work outside of the box. Doesn’t work off of blocks well. Not a particularly effective blitzer.
Much too aggressive and physical in man coverage. Capable, although not great, in zone coverage. Really needs to get more depth when playing in zone. Quick play recognition. Reads accurately and reacts quickly consistently. Typically good with his instincts. Moves well to get into position but oftentimes whiffs.
What we want to see from Quay Walker in Mobile
- We need to get a better idea of how capable Quay Walker is in pass coverage and he will have an opportunity to show us what he has in Mobile when the linebackers go 1v1 with running backs and tight ends. We really want to see Walker handles himself because the little coverage that we saw from him at Georgia, he was very handsy. He needs to be less aggressive and show that he can take away those options.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
When projecting Quay Walker to the next level, he looks like a strong-side linebacker in a 4-3 system who will need to fill his frame out and build on his tools with technique. I know he’s listed at 240, but he doesn’t look nor play that big. He’s probably closer to 225 than 240. Still, he could potentially be a starter in year three with the proper development.
Walker lacks size and isn’t a strong pass defender, so we expect Walker to slip into the fifth/seventh-round range. If he can prove he’s capable in pass coverage, he will go sooner than that.