One of the few bright spots in a tough season, I wrote earlier in the season about how well Mykal Walker had been playing. He’s finally getting some national recognition.
— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 4, 2021
From their article:
Walker is one of the players who shined in a more limited role. Across 387 defensive snaps this season, he earned a 74.0 overall grade that included a 90.7 grade in coverage. Walker allowed just 74 passing yards into his coverage on 152 coverage snaps all season. He may not have the same stats as several of the other rookie linebackers across the league, but his play warrants some recognition here.
Walker ranks 9th out of qualified linebackers in the entire NFL — an amazing feat for a 4th round pick. He may be Thomas Dimitroff’s parting gift to the franchise. It was tough not seeing AJ Terrell get some recognition, he was PFF’s #1 graded rookie corner for most of the season but ran into some tough matchups with Tampa twice & Kansas City. His grade dipped a bit, but he’s been pretty darn good all season. Congrats to Mykal, he’s going to be a building block of an impressive trio of linebackers in Atlanta.