Walker Little NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

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By Daniel Kitchen March 24, 2021 0 Comment
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Walker Little is a 2021 NFL Draft OT Prospect

Walker Little is an offensive lineman from Stanford, and a prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft. Arriving at Stanford as a consensus Top 10 prospect in the nation and 247’s number one prospect, injury helped limit Little to one full season as a starter with the Cardinal. Over three seasons from 2017-2019, Little appeared in 22 games, and started 19.

Little’s lone year as a starter came in 2018, as a sophomore. That season, Little started all 12 of Stanford’s games at LT, playing 790 snaps and allowing three sacks and QB Hits, six hurries, and 12 pressures while committing five penalties. Little was selected to the Pac-12 first team, as Stanford allowed the fifth-fewest sacks in the conference.

Little received a grade of 69.3 on Offense by Pro Football Focus, 98th out of 319 FBS tackles (20 percent snap minimum) that season. He ranked 47th with an 81.2 Pass Blocking grade, and 191st with a 60.0 Run Blocking score.

Little became the first true freshman to start at LT for Stanford since 2000 when he got the start Week 3 of 2017. He started six total games and appeared in nine that season. Little was named Pac 12 Freshman Offensive Co-Player of the Year as well as a Pac-12 honorable mention, and was chosen to ESPN’s Freshman All-American team. That season, Stanford allowed the fewest sacks in the Pac-12, and finished third in rushing.

Beginning the 2019 season as the team’s starter, Little suffered a torn ACL in the team’s opener. Subsequent surgery ended his season after 72 snaps, though he chose to return to Stanford rather than enter the 2020 NFL Draft, where he was a projected first round pick prior to his injury. Little opted out of the 2020 season prior to the Pac-12 choosing to play a shortened fall schedule, but did appear on the Outland Trophy Watch List.

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Little’s ceiling is that of a perennial Pro Bowler, but he initially projects as a backup who should spend the early part of his rookie season gaining experience and coaching before stepping in to a starting role. He has the size OL coaches dream of, and the pedigree of being the No. 1 prospect in the nation. His skill to be a force against power rushers is already there; improving against faster EDGE rushers will be the key to unlocking his potential as a franchise LT.

Scouting Capsule

Walker Little Scouting Capsule

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe, and Kyle Fahey.

Measurements

At Stanford’s Pro Day March 18, Little measured in at a height of 6074 and a weight of 313 pounds, with 10 1/8″ hands, 33 6/8″ arms, and an 81 6/8” wingspan. During his final season with the Cardinal, he was listed as 6’7”, 320.

During his Pro Day, Little ran a 5.30 40, 4.59 short shuttle, and 7.44 3-Cone time. He posted a 9’3” broad jump, 29.5” vertical, and 24 bench press reps.

Highlights

Positives

  • Great initial drive and push getting off the line.
  • Reaction time is like he’s snapping the ball himself. Is up and has two steps in before the rest of either line reacts.
  • Flawless ability to stay engaged and retain complete control of EDGEs while along the arc.
  • Powerful blocker with dream NFL size. Is not bullied backward by EDGEs or defensive tackles and can keep from pocket.
  • When he initiates contact and ties his assignment up, the battle is over.
  • Good positioning as a run blocker to seal off EDGEs and create lanes through the B gap.

Weaknesses

  • Needs to take quicker, larger, more aggressive steps getting off line to cover more ground, specifically to stay in front of faster players coming off edge.
  • Requires considerable work full engaging speed EDGEs. Faster players frequently make edge, are able to push and bounce off without engaging to set up swim moves or bend and corner.
  • Players who get first contact out wide can stay distanced, gain control and rip him down to attack the pocket.
  • Lets up blocks too early on longer delayed runs, counters.
  • Only one year of starting experience, hasn’t played since 2019 opener.

NFL Comparison

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