Tray Walker: 2015 Ravens Rookie Predictions


The Baltimore Ravens shocked the world when they not only neglected to address the cornerback position in the first round, but in the second and third rounds as well.  They waited all the way until the 136th pick to grab a player at arguably their biggest position of need, when they finally called Texas Southern corner Tray Walker’s name.

Walker may be a small school prospect, but he has big league ball hawking skills and athleticism.  The Ravens desperately need playmakers in the secondary after Haloti Ngata and C.J. Mosley laughingly tied for the team lead in interceptions last season with two a piece.  Walker notched four last season alone and 10 over the course of his college career.

Still, it’s a tall order to ask a guy like Tray Walker to step in and take over nickel back duties on an NFL defense.  It’s a massive jump in competition going from the FCS to the NFL, and Walker is admittedly a developmental prospect who needs time to hone his craft.  The good news is, he has the athleticism to contribute on special teams in the meantime.

Tray Walker was hailed as a sleeper pick by many.  It’s not a stretch considering that he possesses the longest arms and largest wingspan of any cornerback in the 2015 draft class.  He also has nice size at 6’2″ and 191 pounds, and speed to boot (4.43 40).

Having said that, it was hard to buy him sliding in as the slot corner this coming season.  But now that the Ravens were able to pick up Kyle Arrington on what is essentially a pay-as-you-go, year-to-year contract, the move makes a ton of sense.

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I expect Walker to contribute mostly on special teams in 2015, barring a ridiculous injury situation a la 2014.  He should get a few snaps here and there, but won’t see major time on defense.  20-30 tackles, a couple of passes defensed, and maybe an interception or two will be his ceiling in year one.

The good news is, I think that Tray Walker has a pretty bright future with the Ravens.  He has all the intangibles and stuff that you can’t teach.  Now it’s just up to him to hone his technique and rise to the talent level of the NFL.  If he does that, Walker could be the Ravens’ future in the slot.

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