DT Charles Walker, Oklahoma*

6’2” – 310 lbs. – 4.96

Was a reserve as a freshman, then worked into the rotation the following season and enjoyed a productive year. Ended up quitting the team four games through his junior season after sustaining a concussion, the third of his collegiate career. Also injured his knee as a freshman. Typically played defensive end on the team’s three-man line, but would move around and play in some different techniques; played some defensive tackle on four-man lines. Has experience as both a one-gapper and two-gapper. Excellent combination of bulk and length, with arms which measured 33.75” at the Combine; might be a little bit shorter than your typical five-technique, but could be considered for that type of role or slide inside on an even line. Looked a lot more athletic and explosive as a sophomore; teams will have to determine whether that was due to weight, shape, injury, or another factor. A little bit slow to get off the ball, but is a pretty explosive mover once he gets going. Comes out with a low pad level, extends his arms, and can use his legs to walk opponents back with his thick, powerful frame. Strong and aggressive enough to bully smaller offensive linemen. Looks better when attacking opponents or gaps than when asked to anchor at the line of scrimmage and read/react to the play design. Able to scrape down the line and flow to the ball, although his instincts leave a little bit to be desired and can struggle to locate the ball and make tackles while engaged. Has some speed and range in pursuit, especially for a bigger player like himself; will make some plays from the backside, but looked more willing to give chase in 2015. Can eat some blocks as a pass-rusher, engaging multiple defenders with his bull-rush, but is more of a handful than a penetrator who’s going to skinny through gaps and come away with sacks. Has some burst to close and can thump passers. Probably good enough to stay on the field on passing downs but needs to work his hands into his game more. Can play a little bit high in the passing game and get stuck between blockers. Has clear starting traits in terms of his bulk, length, power, and explosiveness, but is a bit difficult to evaluate because his stock will be heavily influenced by how teams feel about his medical history and his passion for the game (or possibly lack thereof.) Might end up going on the mid-third day.

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