7 Aug 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Tre Walker, WR, San Jose State

Oct 6, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose State Spartans wide receiver Tre Walker (10) catches a deep pass in front of Colorado State Rams defensive back V.J. Banks (19) during the third quarter of an NCAA football game at CEFCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

5’11” 185 LBS | SR | Compton, CA

First-Team All-MWC receiver with a balanced blend of skills

Tre Walker started his career at San Jose State back in 2017. He saw action in 9 games as a true freshman (starting in 4), hauling in 26 receptions for 288 yards and one touchdown.

As a sophomore, Walker appeared once again in nine games and made only three starts. Despite only starting in three games, his 18.3 yards per catch was 3rd best among sophomore receivers. His 2.68 yards per route and 125.8 passer rating when targeted were also top 10 among sophomore receivers. That was on top of 714 yards on 39 receptions.

His best season yet came in 2018 as a junior. Walker hauled in 79 receptions for 1161 yards but only two touchdowns. This was on a 14.7 yards per catch. The 1161 yards was good for #1 in the MWC, and he earned First-team All-MWC honors.

Strengths

  • Natural hands catcher
  • Body control/adjustment
  • Ball tracking
  • Ability in space with the ball in his hands
  • Catching it in traffic/high-pointing the ball
  • Hauling in back shoulder throws
  • Deep speed to get separation

Areas to improve

  • Short/intermediate route running
  • Inconsistent in his release, relies on stutter steps too often to get free up-field
  • Needs to add strength and fill out his frame to get better beating press
  • Cuts could be sharper, tends to round out his routes

Injury concerns

Missed the first two games of the 2019 season (Vs. Northern Colorado & Tulsa). Missed first three games of the 2018 season (Vs. UC Davis, Washington State, Oregon). Didn’t appear in three games in the 2017 season as a freshman (Vs. USF, Texas, Utah State). I could find no information on whether any of those games were missed due to injury.

What to watch for in 2020

Just like last season, Walker will likely be a focal point of San Jose State’s offense and receive a large sum of targets.

Can he show improved route running, especially on shorter and intermediate routes? Can he show the ability to improvise routes based on what the defense gives him?

The problem with these questions is that San Jose State runs a formulaic, one-read offense without a very extensive route tree. That isn’t likely to change next season. Because of that, it may not be possible for these questions to truly be answered.

Way too early projection

I can see Walker catching the eyes of the draft community and being projected as a mid-to-late rounder, but due to playing for San Jose State will likely continue to be under the radar regardless of how his production and skill set improve next season.

As a rookie, I can see Tre Walker being a 4th option day one that lines up both on the boundary and on the inside. While he isn’t a gadget player, Walker is so good at certain things that you can scheme touches for him. For example, his ability to haul in back-shoulder throws. Walker caught 8 back shoulder throws between the 2018 and 2019 seasons which currently leads the FBS per ProFootballFocus.

His ability as an overall vertical threat is impressive and I see it translating at the next level. That plus his ability to make things happen in space makes him a guy I believe has the potential to have a long NFL career even if he is never a starter.

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