With their first of two fourth-round picks, the Atlanta Falcons took Mykal Walker, an inside linebacker out of Fresno State, addressing their most significant need left on Day 3.
At 6’3″, 230 pounds, Walker is a fast and physical linebacker that can be a chess piece in Dan Quinn’s defense. He’s been a First Team All-Mountain West member in both seasons after transferring from Azusa Pacific, averaging 91 tackles — 22.5 of which went for a loss. Walker also contributed as a pass rusher off the edge, but in the NFL, his size will limit that ability. Looking ahead to his rookie season, he should be a quality special teams body, but I wouldn’t expect him to compete for the starting job. If Atlanta isn’t fully committed to Foye Oluokun as their starter, they are going to have to search for one in free agency.
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