2020 Vs. Ohio State, 2021 Vs. Indiana, 2021 Vs. Wisconsin, 2021 @Ohio State
Getting off the LOS and overpowering defenders on his run blocks are a strength for him. Walker does a good job at using his size to his advantage in both the pass and run game. Making reach blocks quickly and moving onto the next block in the 2nd level of the defense is evident. Sliding in pass pro to protect rushers from the A and B gaps is also a huge plus for this OT. Can be an anchor when handling power-based rushers. A good amount of finishing ability when blocking defenders. He will block them into the turf/field of play if need be.
Quicker pass rushers that know how to use their speed, feet, and hands to their advantage can beat Walker to the inside. Poor communication with his fellow guards allows stunts to be ran with decent success. Using his strong hands and firing quick jabs when battling defenders in pass pro is not as evident and it allows more separation between him and the defender. Being that consistent LT at the next level will be a huge question mark if these traits cannot develop as time goes on.
A 6’6” 313-pound offensive tackle that can be very strong and balanced when protecting a QBs blind side. Rasheed Walker is player that can handle strong defenders and knows how to use his strengths to his advantage when opponents are rushing the passer. One of those strengths is mirroring a defender on the edge. Walker does a good job of sliding with a rusher trying to break to the outside. Walker is very balanced on the balls of his feet and when getting driven backwards, he holds up well. It is the speed and finesse rushers that can give Walker a run for his money. Running a quick swim, slip, or rip move to the inside shoulder of Walker is his weak point in pass pro. Stunts that are also drawn up by defenses can also fool this OT. If Walker communicates more with his fellow OGs then he can improve when handling stunts. Making the right reads will help as well. In the run game, Walker gets off the LOS with quickness and power to drive defenders into the 2nd level of the defense. Walker does do a good job of getting off the line on his reach blocks and using his size to his advantage when move a defender in a certain direction to create a running lane. There is aggressiveness in his game, and he will finish his blocks through the whistle. Overall, this is an OT that has some solid traits to develop into a starter material OT at the next level.
There is an average amount of quickness coming out of his stance at the LOS in pass pro, much quicker in the run game. Getting into a good pass/run blocking position consistently will need to be developed. At times, defenders were able to beat him off the line with pure speed. There is not a whole lot of flexibility present, but Walker will bend his knees to get lower than the defender in front of him at the POA to provide a push. He does have good lateral agility that allows him to slide and pick up defenders rushing from the B and C gaps. More explosion and power in his play strength will help when engaging defenders at the POA. However, being able to stay balanced on the balls of his feet were at a good level when engaging with explosive contact..
Movement off L.O.S.
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
Big Play Ability
Does have good movement off the LOS when going to block a defender in front of him. He can adjust to defenders in space if they are not overly quick, but most of the time his feet were late in resetting. He does shows good quickness and power when making a reach block. When he does make reach blocks, he does a good job of then moving onto the next block into the 2nd level of the defense. When in-line blocking, he can power through defenders at a good rate and use his size to his advantage. Hand usage does come into play greatly when keeping defenders on the ground and keeping them out of the running lane.
Is able to protect the left side of the QB at a good level. Can slide with defenders and move them to his outside shoulder. His mirroring ability showed greatly on film. Quicker pass rushers with good inside moves can expose him in space with double moves or a strong rip move. His anchor ability is excellent when handling bull rushes because he has good balance and a strong lower body at the POA. Being able to have a faster kick-back needs to be developed more. He will use his strong hands and lengthy arms to his advantage to keep rushers at bay but more power and quickness in his punches off the line would be beneficial.
Ability to Combat Inside Move
This is a tough and competitive OT that will play through the whistle. The action of finishing a block would be evident on film but not a whole lot of power. His motor and consistency are above average but he does have more room for improvement in pass protection situations.
There could be more communication with the left guard and QB before plays. At times, defenders were able to fool him with stunts and fast power slip moves to the inside. A move to a guard position would not be a horrible idea but this is a player that was very effective at LT.