It took five rounds, but the Titans finally addressed arguably their biggest need heading into the 2019 NFL Draft.
With the 168th pick, the Titans selected edge rusher D’Andre Walker, giving a much-needed boost to their attack on the quarterback. The Georgia product joins a edge-rushing group that includes Harold Landry, Cameron Wake, Sharif Finch and Kamalei Correa.
“He’s not a really tall player, but he plays long,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said of the 6-foot-2, 251-pound Walker. “I think he has value on all three downs. He has good strength, good speed to power. He can set the edge and has a lateral agility to work the line of scrimmage.”
Walker didn’t start a game his first three seasons with Georgia, but he finally broke into the lineup as a senior. He led the Bulldogs in tackles for a loss (11) and sacks (7.5) in 13 starts. He’s slightly undersized as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 system, but he’s got solid burst and can bend well around the edge.
“I feel like I play with a positive mindset, a lot of energy, just (bring) a motor to the football team,” Walker said. “I can compete on special teams. I just look forward to doing what I do best and that’s playing football.”
Walker had hernia surgery in January that prevented him from working out at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“He had his pro day; it was early April. Was moving around pretty good,” Robinson said. “I don’t know where he’s at physically right now, but there wasn’t anything in that workout that made us steer clear of drafting him.”
NFL.com projected Walker going between Rounds 3-4.
“I didn’t really have any expectations on myself,” Walker said. “I just wanted to get a chance to be able to play football again.”
But yeah, falling a bit further than expected is some extra motivation.
“Most definitely, yes sir,” Walker said. “I just look forward to putting on my pads and playing at a very high level.”