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Old 05-09-2007   #1
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I didn't see this posted anywhere yet but on NFL.com, Adam Schefter reports that the Texans have reached an agreement with Walker. What do you guys think?

http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/10033511
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You can never have to many Notre dame boys on the roster. He is a good third down type of back. Not exceptionaly fast, but has great hands and can block.
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Mixed feelings. I guess as long as we pay squat until seeing if he makes the team. Worries me Rosenhaus is his agent and the Bears couldn't ink him.
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Mixed feelings. I guess as long as we pay squat until seeing if he makes the team. Worries me Rosenhaus is his agent and the Bears couldn't ink him.
I had posted those exact feelings a few days earlier on the ND site I goto from time to time.
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I would give a Hootie if it was Darius Rucker. *fog horn*
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As an undrafted FA, a sigining bonus of $25,000 would be huge and he probably go less than that. His salary will be the league minimum. A no risk look at him.
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As an undrafted FA, a sigining bonus of $25,000 would be huge and he probably go less than that. His salary will be the league minimum. A no risk look at him.
I thought he looked pretty decent any time I saw Notre Dame play....I liked that other RB Powers-Neal or whatever better though...guy was a bulldozer.
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Personally, I doubt he makes it out of camp, but if he does...more power to him and to Rick Smith for the pickup.
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Well... The kid is probably better than Lundy and Gado.
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seems like he knows how to find the hole, I just don't know if he can get there in time. It closes up pretty fast at this level.

from the film, it doesn't look like he has the speed nor the power.
but as long as he can find the hole, he might be good enough for short yardage situation.

probably need to build some strength.
IMO, a candidate for the PS.
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I expect him to surpise some people, but he needs to add some weight. Not sure if he makes the roster, but he should make the practice squad if anything.
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I didn't see this posted anywhere yet but on NFL.com, Adam Schefter reports that the Texans have reached an agreement with Walker. What do you guys think?

http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/10033511
DraftDaddy shows him with the Bears.

http://www.draftdaddy.com/floodlist.cfm

I trust Schefter more than DraftDaddy. From everything I've read, Walker sounds like the classic 1-cut runner.
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DraftDaddy shows him with the Bears.

http://www.draftdaddy.com/floodlist.cfm

I trust Schefter more than DraftDaddy. From everything I've read, Walker sounds like the classic 1-cut runner.
Supposedly Walker was really close to signing with the Bears and backed out at the last second. I know there were a few reports that he signed with the Bears, but that never happened.
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Can't stand overhyped, soft players from Notre Dame myself.
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What happened here anyway? When he left early it was assumed he'd be a 3 - 4th round pick. Was his combine that bad?
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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/4791183.html

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The Texans agreed to terms with Notre Dame running back Darius Walker on Wednesday.

Walker, who was not selected in last month's NFL draft, left Notre Dame after his junior season. He originally agreed to a free-agent contract with the Chicago Bears following the draft but never signed it and eventually changed his mind.

Walker will join a crowded group of running backs with the Texans. Ahman Green is the starter, and Ron Dayne enters the offseason as the No. 2 back. Walker will compete for playing time with returnees Samkon Gado, Wali Lundy and Chris Taylor.

Walker, 5-10, 208 pounds, ranks third in Notre Dame history with 693 carries and fourth with 3,249 yards.
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What happened here anyway? When he left early it was assumed he'd be a 3 - 4th round pick. Was his combine that bad?
He is an in-between guy--too small to be a power back and too slow to be a speed back.

If you look at the skill sets that Denver has valued in the Shanahan years, vision is more important than breakaway speed.
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He is an in-between guy--too small to be a power back and too slow to be a speed back.
Too small, too slow, etc.., etc.... but gets the job done. My kind of player. I can't see any downside to giving this guy a look.
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He is an in-between guy--too small to be a power back and too slow to be a speed back.

If you look at the skill sets that Denver has valued in the Shanahan years, vision is more important than breakaway speed.
I've heard him described as a one-cut guy with good vision and he reportedly has a natural feel for blocking and blocking angles.
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