Walter not your average WR

GM Ernie Accorsi said Walter reminds him of Joe Jurevicius and Ed McCaffrey, both whom have already fashioned pretty good NFL careers.

Kevin Walter is not your average seventh-round pick. The Eastern Michigan receiver, selected 255th overall, has more than a decent chance to stick with Big Blue. At 6-3, 214, Walter definitely has the size to play. He also has the speed. His big heart and work ethic might be what pushes him over the top.

GM Ernie Accorsi said Walter reminds him of Joe Jurevicius and Ed McCaffrey, both whom have already fashioned pretty good NFL careers. "That is the type of receiver he is," Accorsi said. "He's big, he runs at a good speed for that size. He caught a million passes."

"What separates myself from other receivers is being big and being able to run," said Walter, who was surprised to be selected by Big Blue. He had worked out for the Jets before the Draft, but not the Giants. "Also being physical and playing on all the special teams."

"He's a big, good-looking kid," WRs Coach Jimmy Robinson added. "He catches the ball well. He's big, strong and moves well. He's smart and coachable. He's done well. He's been about what we hoped he'd be."

That's partially due to Walter's increased speed. He "really worked hard at speed" during the last year to lower his 40 time. It worked. Walter clocked a 4.47 at his pro day.

The Illinois native is especially thrilled to be coming to New York since his girlfriend, Caroline Gamba, is originally from North Caldwell, N.J., a stones throw from Giants Stadium. "It was really nice to come out here and know some family out here," Walter said. "They're big Giants fans."

"He's so excited," Gamba said. "He was ecstatic when he was drafted. It makes it that much better that it's the Giants."

Gamba's father, Bob, is a diehard Big Blue backer, but she added, "Now I am too." She believes that Walter will shine when he gets his opportunity.

"He's the most hard-working, dedicated person I know," Gamba said. "He has so much heart. That's what's going to make him stand out above everybody else."

Walter plans to. He acknowledges that there are a lot of receivers ahead of him, but views that challenge as a chance to learn. "This is a great opportunity," he said. "Not a lot of people get this opportunity and I want to take advantage of it. "I need to prove to them that I deserve to be on this team."

Where he fits in If Walter can show the productivity he did at EMU, where he broke several receiving records, he might be here for a while. The Giants love tall receivers with speed (who doesn't?) and he certainly fits that mold. He could stick as the fifth receiver, force New York to keep six or land on the practice squad.

Reese's Read
"Walter doesn't have the great speed like Ponder and some of those guys, but this guy has flypaper hands. He catches everything. He's the big, prototype tough possession receiver. You have to play on special teams now and this kid can do that. He's tough-minded. He'll have a shot to make it. There's going to be a lot of competition at the receiver spot." – Director of Player Personnel Jerry Reese


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