First-round pick Quay Walker is going to play an important role on defense for the Green Bay Packers this season.
According to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, Walker was part of the first-team defense at the start of mandatory minicamp. Perhaps an early indication that he could be a starter early on this season.
With Walker lined up next to first-team All-Pro De’Vondre Campbell, the middle of the Packers’ defense can be particularly strong this year.
In 13 games for Georgia, Walker made 65 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and three pass defenses.
Will he make the roster?
Yes. Walker will likely have a featured role early on in his career and can be a difference-maker for the Packers’ defense.
What to expect in 2022
Of course, expectations always need to be somewhat limited for rookies, no matter the round they were drafted.
That said, there is a lot to like about Walker’s potential, and he enters a perfect situation in Green Bay.
Walker will be surrounded by a ton of talent on defense, including Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kenny Clark, All-Pro inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, and All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander.
Playing next to Campbell will also be huge for Walker’s development. Campbell has a ton of NFL experience and is coming off an All-Pro season. Walker will be able to learn a lot from Campbell.
Walker has already impressed during the offseason program.
It will be interesting to see Walker’s role in Joe Barry’s defense.
According to Andy Herman of Cheesehead TV, Walker lined up on the edge for a rep at minicamp, with Rashan Gary rushing from the inside. Perhaps this is something we will see from time to time.
Walker has the talent to make an impact on all three downs.
It won’t be surprising if he has a breakout season and is in contention for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.