Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma
If the Eagles let Bennie Logan walk in free agency, which seems very possible, they’ll need to add some depth to the interior defensive line. Walker, the third Sooner to appear in this mock, could bring serious steal potential in the fifth round.
The 6’2″, 299-pound defensive lineman suffered a concussion early in the 2016 season. Rather than finishing off the season, he opted to leave the team in preparation for the draft. That rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, which has effected his draft stock. However, Walker was productive when on the field. As a redshirt sophomore, he recorded six sacks and 10 tackles for loss, which is impressive for a defensive tackle.
Here is a scouting report on Walker, courtesy of NFL.com:
"STRENGTHS: Disruptive and productive as a sophomore in 2015. Can be tough to handle when motor is cranked and he’s working the gaps. Comes off the snap with good get-off. Able to rip through a blocker’s edge with good violence once the door opens up just a little bit. Has upper body power to set a strong edge. Plays with unusual agility and athleticism once he’s into the backfield. Able to redirect his weight for sudden change of direction. Plays on his feet. Shows ability and play speed to chase down running backs and quarterbacks headed for the perimeter. Operates with a big closing burst and an extended playmaking radius. Hands show power and potential in both run and pass. Works his hands and feet in unison as interior rusher. WEAKNESSES: Has had concussions in each of last two seasons. His football character called into question by coaching staff after he failed to come back from October 1 concussion and left team with two regular season games remaining to prepare for NFL draft. Effort level and motor fluctuates. Was a relative non-factor in all four of the games he played. High cut and struggles to maintain his ground against double teams. Lacked urgency as a pass rusher that he showed in 2015. Needs to add a rush counter when initial charge is foiled. Will lay on blocks at times. Needs quicker shed with tackle-ready posture."