Draft Day Target: WR Marquise Walker

We now turn the focus to Michigan wide receiver Marquise Walker- a dazzling player that will likely make a significant impact in the NFL. Walker made one of the most incredible receptions in college football history last year.

Without question, the Michigan Wolverines have turned out some big time wide receivers over the course of the last 10 years. You can now officially add Marquise Walker (6'3, 210, 4.65) to that list.

Walker finished his senior year as an Big Ten all-conference performer, bringing in 81 receptions for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. Statistically speaking, he improved in every possible category from his sophomore through his senior year at Michigan.

Marquise Walker has a ton of upside, but he gnerally impresses most scouts with his incredible ability to go up and grab the deep pass over smaller defensive backs. In a way, he reminds you a lot of Rod Gardner. He creates good seperation between himself and the defender, and then he uses his athleticism to go up and make the big catch.

Marquise Walker makes a leaping TD reception over two Iowa defenders in a game last season. He routinely made the big catch during his career at the University of Michgian. (AP Photo)
The knock on Marquise is that he hasn't been quite up to speed with other wide receivers in the combines, consequently his stock has fallen from where it was a couple of months ago. Some say he is too slow, others say he can't consistently make the easy reception.

Regardless, he is a big, tough, physical wide receiver, and he would be a nice fit into the Cowboys' offense next season. When you watch him on film, you immediately come away very impressed. He has long strides, quick moves off the line of scrimmage, and he can fight off anybody for the football.

He also has a nose for the endzone and he thrives on the fade route when the game is on the line. And once he catches the football, he is extremely difficult to bring down.

Walker is likely a 2nd round pick, and we have him ranked as the 6th best wide receiver in the 2003 NFL draft. In the Cowboys' offense, he would complement Joey Galloway and Rocket Ismial very well. Galloway and Ismial are the speed burners, and Walker would be the guy you send out on the 10-15 yard crossing patterns.

As an NFL player, he'll likely excel even more because he'll be facing bump-and-run coverage much more often than he did in college. This is one area he truly dominates as he has no problem winning most physical matchups.

Walker is the perfect receiver in a west coast offense that already has two speedsters at the outside. Look for Jerry Jones to give him a hard look in the second round come April 20th.

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