Name: Walker Little
Position: Offensive Tackle
Weight: 313 lbs
Arm Length: 33 3/4”
Overall Rank: No. 43 overall
Position Rank: OT6
Strengths: The No. 1 offensive tackle on my pre-season big board for the 2020 NFL draft, Walker Little suffered an ACL tear in Week 1 of the 2019 season and then opted out of the 2020 season due to Covid-19 precautions. A natural left tackle with good athleticism and quickness, Little has the recovery agility and poise needed to protect on the blindside. He doesn’t allow inside or outside counters and plays with a flat back and smooth feet. His hands are fast and accurate to punch and strike defenders. He has the feet to reach defenders in the run game. He’s a smooth, instinctive, natural blocker with a very high floor and still high ceiling.
Weaknesses: A lack of experience and recent game tape makes Little a very tough evaluation. Can he get back to who he was at the end of the 2018 college football season? That’s a risk teams must weigh. On the field, he has to work on keeping pad leverage and not getting too tall in the run game. Before his injury, there was concern about play strength that has to be seen.
What I Love: Little was NFL ready before he got hurt in 2019. If his knee checks out and he can shake off the rust of not playing football in almost two years, he could be the steal of the 2021 draft class.
NFL Comparison: Mitchell Schwartz
Position Specific Traits:
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Run Blocking: ++
Pass Blocking: ++