2020 - Neck/Shoulder ; 2021 - Ankle
Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama (National Championship)
Walker has very impressive play speed. This allows him to be able to run from sideline to sideline effectively to make plays. This also helps him be able to shoot the gaps from the outside as a pass rusher. He is a very high effort/motor player that very rarely takes a play off. Also has very good leadership skills. Takes command of the defense when neccessary and makes sure his teammates are aligned correctly. His position versatility will help him at the next level as he can play at his natural postion in the box at inside linebacker but can also be trusted coming off the edge as a pass rusher.
He has to become more confident in his decision making. Takes too much time reading his keys and his low reaction time puts him at a disadvantage. Once he reads the play, he can get there quickly and make it but he can't be even a second too slow at the next level. He also can get better at reading route concepts and picking up on them quickly in zone coverage. Also could clean up his angles to the ball as a tackler. Most of his misses tackles were due to either over running the play or coming underneath too early and having to dive at the ball carrier from behind.
A four-star prospect and #2 outside linebacker prospect in his class, Quay Walker decided to stay home and play for the Bulldogs. Saw limited action, mainly on special teams as a freshman but saw his role increase as a sophomore. Played in 13 games in his second year, finishing with 23 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. As a junior, Walker played in all ten games and made two stops while accounting for 43 tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack. In his final year with the Bulldogs, Walker earned the full-time starting job at linebacker and helped lead Georgia to a National Championship win. Walker finished his senior year with 65 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. His play helped him receive an invitation to the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl although he was not able to play, and also was invited to the 2022 NFL Combine. At the next level, Walker projects best as a WILL linebacker in a 4-3 front but can be used in many different spots. He is a player that will be a great rotational piece to start his career that will find a key role on special teams. I see him being drafted somewhere in the middle-late second round and being a prospect that can develop into an eventual reliable starter in the league if put in the right system.
Walker is an impressive athlete. Uses his lateral agility to scrap to the ball and change direction smoothly. Has great play speed which helps him run all over the field to chase the ball. Uses his speed and explosiveness to burst through gaps before offensive linemen can react. Isn't the strongest player you will see but has adequate strength to hold his own and not get pushed around easily. Does have the ability to close on the ball quickly but his reaction timing can make him late to the ball at times.
Pass Rush Ability:
Big Play Ability
Rush with Leverage
Pass Rush Moves
Has a quick first step both off the edge as a true pass rusher and when blitzing the inside gap. His quick first step helps him to be able to start on the outside and shoot the inside gaps effectively. Has the flexibility to bend to be able to get lower than the offensive linemen and attack the inside shoulder or beat them off the edge. Shows a strong rip move at times but doesn't show a full arsenal of pass rush moves. When blitzing in the inside gaps as a pass rusher, he does a great job of timing his blitz to hit his gap as the ball is being snapped.
Uses his athleticism and loose hips to drop into coverage smoothly. Gets into his zones well but can struggle with looking up routes at times. Has the speed and athleticism to open up and run with tight ends in man coverage.
Against The Run:
Is inconsistent with playing with leverage but shows the ability to win with his pad level. Has the power/strength in his hands to stack his blocker to look for the ball. Uses his length to get extension and shed blocks effectively once he finds the ball. Has the speed and change of direction ability to run sideline to sideline to get to the ball. Is a solid tackler when in position but did have several missed tackles due to poor angles. When in pursuit, he has a tendency to either over run the play due to being too aggressive or try to cut underneath the ball carrier too quickly.
Play with Leverage
Stack and Shed
Plays with a very high motor. Gives great effort at all times, even when the play is away from him. Has the toughness to take on blocks from bigger, stronger offensive linemen and isn't afraid to come downhill in between the tackles. Shows great leadership ability, making pre-snap calls and making sure his teammates are aligned correctly.
Takes too long to process plays at times. Reads his keys and reacts to the play slowly, causing him to be out of position. Takes too much time getting going out of his stance at times when he has to read the play. Also takes a little more time reacting to the run or pass when he is unsure. Needs to be more confident in his decisions. Has the versatility to play inside the box or come off the edge as a pass rusher.