Tracy Walker
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Walker in 2020
No. 21 – Detroit Lions
Position:Safety
Personal information
Born: (1995-02-01) February 1, 1995 (age 27)
Brunswick, Georgia
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Brunswick
(Brunswick, Georgia)
College:Louisiana
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Total tackles:298
Sacks:2.0
Pass deflections:20
Interceptions:3
Forced fumbles:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Tracy Leonard Walker III (born February 1, 1995) is an American football safety for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana.[1]

Professional career

On December 16, 2017, it was announced that Walker had accepted his invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.[2] Walker impressed scouts and team representatives during Shrine Game practices which added value to his draft stock.[3] On January 20, 2018, Walker played in the 2018 East–West Shrine Game and recorded two tackles and deflected a pass, but dropped an interception and was part of the East team that lost 14–10 to the West.[4] Walker attended the NFL Scouting Combine and completed all of the required combine and positional drills. On April 5, 2018, Walker attended Louisiana's pro day, but chose to stand on his combine numbers and only performed positional drills. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Walker was projected to be a fifth or sixth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts.[5] He was ranked as the seventh best strong safety prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com and was ranked as the 12th best safety by Scouts Inc.[6][7]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0+78 in
(1.85 m)
206 lb
(93 kg)
33+12 in
(0.85 m)
8+34 in
(0.22 m)
4.51 s 1.56 s 2.64 s 4.28 s 7.00 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
14 reps
All values from NFL Combine[8]

The Detroit Lions selected Walker in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Walker was the sixth safety drafted in 2018.[9]

External video
video icon Lions draft Tracy Walker 82nd overall

On May 16, 2018, the Detroit Lions signed Walker to a four-year, $3.51 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $881,988.[10]

In Week 17 of the 2020 season against the Minnesota Vikings, Walker led the team with 13 tackles (11 solo) and recorded his first career sack on Kirk Cousins during the 37–35 loss.[11]

In Week 18 of the 2021 season, Walker had 13 tackles and an interception in a 37-30 win over the Packers, earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week.[12]

On March 15, 2022, Walker signed a three-year, $25 million contract extension with the Lions through the 2024 season.[13]

Personal life

Walker is second cousins with former Lions teammate Darius Slay.[14] Another second cousin, Ahmaud Arbery, was murdered in February 2020.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Louisiana-Lafayette safety Tracy Walker tagged as Trey at NFL combine".
  2. ^ Buckley, Tim (December 16, 2017). "UL's Walker accepts invite to East-West Shrine Game". theadvertiser.com. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Peloquin, Steve (January 19, 2018). "Former UL DB Tracy Walker Impressing At Shrine Game". espn1420.com. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Risdon, Jeff (January 20, 2018). "5 Shrine Game week standouts who can help Texans right away". texanswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Tracy Walker, DS #7 SS, Louisiana-Lafayette". draftscout.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Buckley, Tim (April 30, 2018). "Lions pick: NFL Draft stock skyrocketed for UL's Walker". theadvertiser.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "NFL Tracy Walker-ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Tracy Walker". National Football League. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Monarrez, Carlos (April 27, 2018). "Detroit Lions pick safety Tracy Walker in Round 3 of 2018 NFL draft". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Spotrac.com: Tracy Walker contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions - January 3rd, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  12. ^ "Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Titans QB Ryan Tannehill lead Players of the Week". NFL.com. January 12, 2022.
  13. ^ "Lions re-sign S Tracy Walker to contract extension through the 2024 season". DetroitLions.com. March 15, 2022.
  14. ^ "espn.com: Lions reunite cousins Darius Slay, Tracy Walker in third round". espn.com. April 28, 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  15. ^ Rothstein, Michael (May 11, 2020). "Lions safety Tracy Walker remembers cousin and former high school teammate, Ahmaud Arbery, as 'a beautiful soul'". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 12, 2020.