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9 Jul 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Tre Walker, WR San Jose State

San Jose State WR Tre Walker - c/o SJSU Athletics

Senior | 5’11’’, 180 lbs | Inglewood, CA

Shifty, reliable receiver with phenomenal jump ball skills who can play slot or outside

Tre Walker had a breakout year in 2019, hauling in 79 catches for 1,161 yards (1st in MWC) to earn first-team all-conference honors and a place on the Belitnikoff Award list. He’s improved significantly year over year throughout his college career and while he still has work to do in certain areas, there’s a lot that he does well. Walker can play in the slot or split out wide, is a deep threat but can also attack short areas of field between the hashes, and arguably his greatest asset — he’s tremendous at tracking, high pointing and coming down with contested jump balls. If he continues to develop and has another productive season in 2020, expect to see Walker’s name rising on draft boards between now and next spring.

Strengths

  • Excellent tracking and high pointing in jump ball situations
  • Good hands
  • Reliable target
  • Versatility to play inside or outside
  • Does damage on short, intermediate and deep routes
  • Breaks tackles, quickness to make defenders miss after the catch
  • Good release vs. soft press/off coverage

Questions to Answer/Areas to Improve

  • Release vs. press, hasn’t seen a lot of tight man/jams at LOS
  • Route cuts (especially vs. man)
  • Head and shoulder fakes at route stem
  • Tendency to clamp onto ball
  • Consistently winning contested catches
  • Finding holes/adjusting route vs. zone coverage
  • Blocking
  • Shown limited route tree (likely product of system)

Injury Concerns:

  • 2019: Missed first two games of season
  • 2018: Missed first three games of season

Way too Early Projection

Walker could have declared for the 2020 draft after a stellar junior campaign but decided to return for his senior year. He should be at least a mid-Day 3 pick but has an opportunity to climb as high as late Day 2 depending what he does this season.

What to Watch in 2020

The biggest thing I’d like to see Tre Walker improve is his route running — dipping his hips on cuts, adding more head and shoulder fakes on his route. He’s been able to rely on his speed playing in the Mountain West, but he could have trouble separating with speed alone against better competition.

Aside from the detail on his routes, there are a handful of things that he hasn’t shown, but not because he can’t — because he hasn’t had the opportunity. For one, his route tree is fairly limited, but that’s most likely due to the system San Jose State runs. Walker runs primarily go routes, drags/shallow crosses and slants with occasional posts, digs, outs and screens. Opponents tend to play mostly zone coverage so he hasn’t seen many corners in press coverage jamming him at the line. Against zone coverage, I would like to see him show that he can alter routes and settle in between defenders.

Hopefully as a senior, he’ll have the opportunity to show some of the things he hasn’t the last two seasons. San Jose State plays Penn State and Boise State in 2020. Those two games should be good indicators of how he stacks up against better competition.

 

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