Scout's Notebook: CB Frank Walker

The season-ending knee injury to Cedric Griffin left the Vikings thin at cornerback. Veteran Frank Walker has been able to contribute quickly since joining the Vikings. Here's a closer look at the book on Walker:

#41, Frank Walker, CB
(5105, 200, 4.42-4.52) Tuskegee

Notes: Born Frank Bernard Walker, 8/6/81, in Tuskegee, Ala. Attended Booker T. Washington High School. He is an extremely active participant in the community. Walker annually hosts a free football camp in hometown of Tuskegee. Since coming into the league in 2003, Walker has donated 35,000 pounds of poultry to local community organizations during the holidays with Lift Up America. He also has participated in constructing homes for Katrina Relief with Habitat for Humanity at Rockefeller Plaza and made a financial contribution to Habitat for Humanity International's Katrina Relief Fund.

College: Finished his collegiate career with 92 tackles, 2 sacks, 34 pass breakups and 6 interceptions. In 2002 as a senior, he was named Little All-America 1st-team and Super Sleeper Team selection by the NFL Draft Report. Walker was selected as an All-SIAC 2nd-team pick by The Sports Page in 2000. Majored in mechanical engineering.

Pro: Originally selected by the New York Giants in the sixth-round (207th overall) in 2003. He saw action in 10 games (starting 7) as a rookie, recording 34 tackles, 2 interceptions (including one returned 56 yards for a touchdown) and 3 pass breakups. Played in 13 games (starting once) and finished with 18 tackles, one forced fumble, 2 interceptions and one PBU in 2004. In 2005, injuries limited him to just 7 games as he posted one tackle and one interception. Posted 13 tackles in 11 games in 2006. He signed a one-year deal with the Green Bay Packers in 2007; limited by a knee injury he saw action in 12 games as he finished with 17 tackles and one PBU. Signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2008; played in 15 games (starting 5) with 35 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 11 PBU and one interception. Played in 14 games (starting one) in 2009 and finished with 16 tackles, 4 PBU and one interception. Unsigned following last season, Walker received interest from the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints but did not go to training camp with an NFL team this summer. He signed with the Vikings on October 13, 2010.

Positives: Well-built, tough and physical with good speed. Has good cover skills and can generally run with receivers stride-for-stride. Isn't afraid to get up on receivers and plays a physical brand of football. Breaks on the ball nicely and can make plays when the action is in front of him. Contributes on special teams.

Negatives: Perhaps a little too physical at times and has a history of being prone to illegal contact or interference penalties. A little stiff in the hips and on the turn-and-go and doesn't always react to the ball thrown over his head quickly. Doesn't truly stand out in any one area of the game.

Summary: Walker has been a better-than-average street free agent who has stepped in and provided some quality snaps from the start. He has some shortcomings, but is a lot better than guys the Vikings were relegated to utilize (i.e. Karl Paymah) a year ago.

 


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