The Seahawks want explosive running backs. As noted, Walker passed the testing requirements for that home run threat. He also checked off the measurements.
Walker’s 4.8 total points per game and 4.4 total rushing points per game led the running back class, adding more context to his 6.3 yards per rushing attempt tied for third-best. That fell one spot with its 95-point-per-carry total rating tied for fourth, though the volume of its carries and production (136.2 rushing yards per game) should be factored in here.
Walker’s vision, feet and burst saw him regularly avoid contact. His 3.8 yards after contact per attempt were second-best in the category, with his 16 missed tackles per 100 touches (tie third) more to thank than his 14 broken tackles per 100 touches (tie 10th).
Schneider mentioned in his post-draft presser that Walker should have been used more as a receiver. Indeed, the fullback’s 1.1 receptions per game was only tied for 25th, which is the highest in the class. Meanwhile, its total score of 68 points per route is tied for 19th, suggesting the use of check/take only. The biggest area for Walker remaining on the court for all three NFL tries will be learning that side of the game, especially pass protection. His six pass protection per game was 15th and his two pass blocking points were tied for 13th.
Walker’s total rating of 85 points per game, tied for ninth, as well as his 1.7 EPA per game, tied for eighth, largely speaks to the inefficiency of rushing versus passing, low use of Walker in the passing game hurting those numbers.
Above all else, Walker’s analytics show he’s Seattle’s coveted home run hitter. His 18% boom percentage (measuring a play with 1.0 EPA or higher) led all running backs. For comparison, Breece Hall, the first running back taken, was tied for 14th with 12%.
Walker’s less impressive 44% positive percentage (tied 22nd) and 9% drop percentage (tied 22nd) warrants an exploration on tape, where we can answer what a bad offensive line game this was. quality versus poor performance by Walker.