Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker considered a good fit for Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes

The Kansas City Chiefs moved quickly enough to replace the weapons around Patrick Mahomes after the trade of Tyreek Hill. The NFL Draft is another place to recruit young talent for an explosive offense. Pro Football Network’s latest simulation project at Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker go to the Chiefs at the No. 30 pick in the first round.

The former Spartans star seems to be getting more and more hype lately, possibly pushing him into the first round. Although there are questions about his overall game, he would be a versatile addition in the backfield behind Mahomes.

Based on this fictional draft, Walker would go right after the Chiefs select the wide receiver from Arkansas Treylon Burkgiving the team a huge attacking boost.

“A ball carrier indeed sneaks in the first lap”, Cam Mellor wrote for Pro Football Network. “The Kansas City Chiefs have made amends to their large, depleted receiving corps with free agent signings, but are going with it. Kenneth Walker III with the 30th pick overall. It is important to note that they selected Treylon Burk to choice #29 in this simulation. Walker, however, is certainly first-round worthy, or at least as worthy as anyone else in this class. He set records at Wake Forest before having a stellar season at Michigan State. Walker has an underrated recklessness in his game and brings a dual threat ability. Patrick Mahomes would love this addition to his sleight of hand arsenal.

Walker had 263 carries for 1,636 yards (6.2 average) and 18 touchdowns in 12 games with Michigan State. He completed his production by catching 13 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. The overall performance led to Walker being named the winner of the 2021 Doak Walker Award.

A transfer from Wake Forest, Walker had 480 carries for 2,794 yards (5.8 average) and 35 touchdowns in two saves. Walker originally joined Wake Forest on Group of Five offers as a three-star prospect from Arlington, Tenn. High in the 2019 recruiting class.

Walker clocked 4.38 seconds at the 40-yard dash, plus a 34-inch vertical jump and a 122-inch wide jump. The 5-foot-9, 211-pound was 30 3/8-inch arms tall and 9 1/2-inch hands tall. NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein compared Walker to Willie Parkera product of the North Carolina Tar Heels and former two-time Pro Bowl running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004 to 2009).

Get the fastest scores, stats, news, live videos and more. CLICK HERE to download the CBS Sports mobile app and get the latest news on your team today.

“Walker is a compact folder with a very powerful and sturdy base,” Zierlein said in Introducing Walker on NFL.com. “He can find his own yards with a nervous change of direction when run blocking breaks down and has higher contact balance to add to his distance throughout the game. Walker is a very determined runner who is more responsive than instinctive leading to wild changes in his leading track He can handle the RB1 workload in terms of carries but needs work as a third down option Walker would benefit from better discipline of cutting-edge track, but his explosiveness and unpredictable style should always lead to success in the future entry.”

Comments are closed.