Round Seven – 223rd Overall
Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern (6-foot-1, 238 pounds)
I’ve finally hopped off the Ben Boulware train.
Boulware was a staple as the Dolphins’ final pick in the previous two mocks, but his draft stock has begun to rise and a lot of recent NFL mocks have him elevating into the fifth round.
A bit too high for the Fins’ blood.
Instead, Miami takes a player that I personally watched throughout his high school career at Miami Monsignor Pace High School and a player I believe to be destined for a productive professional career.
During his time at Northwestern, Anthony Walker was one of the team’s most productive defenders and playmakers.
The program began referring to Walker as “The Franchise” in his sophomore season and he lived up to the moniker – totaling 215 tackles (29 for loss), six sacks, nine passes defended, seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in two seasons.
Walker is a productive, downhill linebacker and he checks all the desired boxes for football and personal character and he can be counted on to do what it takes to improve his game.
Being a Miami native should only make him want to work harder. Walker is a guy who will start as a special teams guy and eventually works his way into the meat of your lineup – he’s flashed too much ability not to.