Travon Walker has been one of the late risers in the NFL Draft process as the media (including myself) has caught up to what the NFL thinks. Played all across the defensive line as a 5-tech, 3-tech, and 1-tech at Georgia. With his incredible versatility and pass rushing prowess, Walker promises to be a good, potentially great, edge rusher at the next level.
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: Upson-Lee (Thomason, GA)
HS Rating: 5 star (0.9901)
Phil Steele: PS#4
Travon Walker Complete Scouting Report
Excellent speed. Very quick off the snap. Very solid quickness and straight line speed. Among the fastest in the entire class. Struggles at times to move laterally. Doesn’t look particularly good here. Shows decent, not great, body control. Was used often as a stunt man and still struggled with his footwork at times.
Good first step, borderline great. Looks awesome, just needs to be consistent with every play. Extremely explosive athlete. Pops with not only his start but when he plants and explodes into his move. Incredible in this area. Shows decent upper body strength. Great lower body strength. Doesn’t have a lot of room to add to his frame. Not a particular brute. Much more of an athlete.
Pass Rushing Ability
Has some excellent balance when working around the edge. Will try to go low and show bend, but doesn’t have the balance to uphold his momentum. Doesn’t show a lot of bend. Struggles to do more than dip the shoulder.
Uses his hands well enough to prevent blockers from locking him up. Good strong hands, but isn’t great with working off a block. Has a solid stiff arm, needs a second move to accompany for it. Solid hand placement. Works very well for positioning, his lower and upper body coordinated very well to place him in positions for success.
Brings some power to his tackling ability, but I want to see him clean up his wrap-up technique. Missed a lot of tackles in his college career (17.5% of his tackle attempts, according to PFF). So difficult to read in space. Impressive reaction. Makes good plays when he’s asked to there. Plays the read option look very, very well. Wasn’t often in a position of pursuit, but looked good when he was. Half-field contain player.
Very solid motor. Doesn’t play well once the play moves away from him. You won’t find him deep downfield making a big tackle that he hustled to play. However, when he feels he still has a shot to make the play, he’s there. Play to play consistency is there. Very high energy player. Almost timid with the media. Excellent locker room guy. No known off-field issues. Excellent leader. Has stayed healthy throughout his career. No known injuries.
The upside that Travon Walker offers is significant. He’s a very athletic prospect who needs to refine some of his other work. If he can refine half of his game, he will be a multi-year starter. At the very worst, Walker looks like a solid rotational defensive lineman. He can clean up his tackling technique and learn to control his body a little bit better.
Edge Rusher: 85