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Versatility will be Mykal Walker’s calling card with the Falcons

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He doesn’t know where he’s going to play yet, but if the Falcons get creative they can do a lot with him.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 29 Toledo at Fresno State Photo by David Dennis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Mykal Walker isn’t the biggest name in the draft, but if all goes well, the Falcons will have gotten another starting-caliber linebacker in the fourth round, just as they did with De’Vondre Campbell back in 2016. They might be getting more than that, too.

Walker played all over for Fresno State, rushing the passer, playing linebacker, dropping back at free safety and corner very occasionally, and dominating on special teams, where he blocked three kicks last year. Walker said he doesn’t know where he’s going to play just yet, and while Jeff Ulbrich is likely excited to get his hands on him and try to mold him into a starter, the Falcons will find good use for him on teams in year one and potentially as a pass rusher now and in the future.

That versatility would be enough to earn him a roster spot even if he didn’t have a lot of intriguing traits, but Walker is a good athlete and a definite force of nature against the run on his best days. Most of the knocks on his game pertain to his lack of fluidity and coverage chops, which could cost him a prominent role in the short-term, but I wouldn’t rule out bigger things ahead for him.

Overall, this has been a fun, intriguing draft class, and surprisingly one where the Falcons haven’t moved up or down at all. What are your thoughts regarding Walker?