2022 NFL Draft Profile: Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III

Click Here to view our NFL Draft Big Board with player rankings and analysis. Click here to learn more about our updated player grade scale and critical position factors. Player Profile Name: Kenneth Walker III School: Wake Forest Demon Deacons/Michigan State Spartans Recruiting Profile: Click Here Position: RB Height: 5090 Weight: 210 Year: Junior Jersey Number: 9/25 Offensive Scheme: (Multiple/Run Heavy Michigan State), (Spread/RPO Wake Forest) Offensive Coordinator: Jay Johnson Michigan State, Warren Ruggiero Wake Forest Games Reviewed: 2021 Michigan, 2021 Ohio State, 2021 Rutgers, 2020 Virginia Position Specific Critical Factors Vision: (7) Very Good Ability to run to daylight and gain positive yardage. Running without hesitation, seeing cut-back lanes, patience to follow blocks, finding open seams, creating something out of nothing, ability to set up blockers. Contact Balance: (9) Near Elite Ability to maintain his balance in traffic, bounce off of would-be tacklers and continue to advance the football. This grade should reflect his ability to play with a low center of gravity, strength, balance, and foot coordination to keep plays alive amidst contact and foot trash. Pass Game Impact: (6) Good Combination of his ability to make plays out of the backfield as a receiver, catching skill, and pick-up defenders in pass pro. Key Strengths Vision/Patience Burst/Short Area Quicks Contact Balance Key Weaknesses Routes Out Of Backfield Pass Pro Pass Game Summary Kenneth Walker's limited usage as a pass-catcher in his two seasons at Wake Forest and in 2021 at Michigan State does not conclude he lacks as a receiver. Walker has displayed good hands and adequate route running ability from out of the backfield when given the opportunity. On film, he is a hands catcher with good after-the-catch ability. Walker is a willing blocker on passing downs but needs to improve his blitz pickup. Walker has displayed three-down ability at the collegiate level, and with more repetition, he can improve his ability as both a receiver and a blocker at the next level. Run Game Summary As a runner, Kenneth Walker displays great patience allowing his blocks to set up, good vision (eyes) to find daylight where he can accelerate and burst into a defense's second and third level. His nifty footwork, combined with short-area quickness, is high level, he can make defenders miss in a phonebooth, and if you give him space, he will win a high percentage of one-on-one battles with defenders. Kenneth Walker displays good durability and stamina as a player who appears to get better throughout a game. Walker is a contact balance savant who bounces off of tacklers consistently and can create something out of nothing. Walker does a great job taking care of the football, considering he is consistently dancing in and around traffic. On film, you see a dynamic and creative runner, who, when it looks like he might get reeled in for negative yardage, Walker pops out from within the traffic to pick up a positive gain. Final Analysis Kenneth Walker is a dynamic playmaker who displays a versatile running style; he can dance his way through traffic on one play and then make one cut and get downhill on the next. He will be the highest-rated RB on a lot of NFL Draft big boards for 2022, and if not for the question marks about his ability as a receiver, he would be a projected late first-round pick. Walker will have opportunities to show more of what he can do as a receiver by participating at Michigan States Pro Day and the NFL scouting combine. Final Grade Analysis Final Grade: (6.9) (High Upside Potential) (6.9-6.7) Solid Starter Level Ceiling Grade: (8) (Instant Impact Potential) (9.0-7.0) High-End Starter Floor Grade: (6.9) (High Upside Potential) (6.9-6.7) Solid Starter Level

2022 NFL Draft Profile: Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III