Draft Day Target: WR Jevon Walker

Jevon Walker is an impressive wide receiver from the Atlantic Coast Conference, but does he fit into the Dallas Cowboys' 2002 draft plans? It will likely all depend on what receivers are left in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

Jevon Walker (6'2, 212, 4.55) is a big possession type receiver that has had a very successful season at Florida State last year. He has excellent size and body control, and he runs his routes with a certain smoothness that is missing among most wide receivers in this year's draft.

In one word, you could say that Jevon Walker is polished on the football field. He had a solid year for Florida State in 2001, after transferring in from junior college. Overall, he brought in 45 passes for almost 950 yards and 7 touchdowns while essentially serving as the Seminoles go-to receiver. Jevon closed out his college career in brilliant fashion by hauling in four passes for 195 yards, including two touchdowns while being named MVP of the Gator Bowl.

Florida State receiver Javon Walker grabs a catch over a pair of Georgia Tech defenders last season.
He is not what you would necessarily call a speedster, but then again the Cowboys don't really need another wide out that specializes in just beating a defender straight down the field. However, Walker can be a deep threat because of his size and ability to take the ball away from smaller defenders. He times and anticipates his deep receptions very well, as evident in the photo contained in this article.

Most experts have Walker penciled in as one of the top five or six wide receivers in this year's draft, yet he could be taken from anywhere late in the first round to somewhere early in the third round- pending on which team identifies him as a primary target. He has average speed at 4.55 in the 40-yard dash, but he makes up for that with strong downfield blocking and explosive moves after he catches the football.

The skinny on Jevon is that he lacks strong hands. Sometimes he can make the unbelieveable catch, yet often he drops the easy ones. He lacks that overall concentration level that you'd like to see in a high draft pick, and consequently his stock has fallen a bit over the course of the last few months. Despite this, he presents various matchup problems all over the field, and he'll likely make a significant impact in the NFL as a rookie.

If the Cowboys were to pick him up, it will have to be with either their 2nd or 3rd round picks. Currently, he would have to be considered as the number two wide receiver on Cowboys' board, directly behind Antonio Bryant. And if Bryant goes before the 2nd round, Jerry Jones will have to think long and hard about drafting Jevon Walker, because there will probably not be a better, more polished wide receiver left in the draft.

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