The redshirt senior captain linebacker recorded 96 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 4 passes defensed, a fumble recovery, and a forced fumble in 12 starts this past season—earning First-Team All-Mountain West honors (for a consecutive season).
Walker showed off his versatility: playing at middle linebacker, outside linebacker, and as a defensive end for the Bulldogs in 2019.
At 6’3”, 230 pounds (with 32 1⁄2 inch arms), Walker recorded a 4.65 forty, 20 bench press reps, 33.0 inch vertical jump, and 122.0 inch broad jump at the NFL Combine.
He tests as a good athlete at the linebacker position.
His SPARQ rating (which measures overall athleticism) is 56.4% NFL percentile (12th best as a linebacker in his draft class).
Having only played two years at the FBS level, Walker has demonstrated good athleticism, lateral quickness, and football instincts in space—with the versatility to play multiple positions on defense.
He is the type of long, lanky linebacker that Colts general manager Chris Ballard typically likes, but he’ll need to get stronger taking on blocks and improving in his overall coverage.
From the linebacker position, he also offers some pass rush versatility.
Walker projects as a ‘Day 3’ developmental linebacker, who should become an immediate special teams contributor and potential sub-package linebacker—with starter upside.
Here’s what some draft experts are saying (and general highlights):
Fresno St LB Mykal Walker should get credit for 2 tackles on this play. pic.twitter.com/jTtej53F51— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) February 16, 2020
Mykal Walker is one of my favorite Day 3 guys. He’s a fluid and rangy off-ball linebacker that has a lot of coverage upside to his name. If you don’t have him on your radar yet, make sure he’s on it. The guy can play.— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) April 19, 2020