3 Most Likely Teams to Draft Kenneth Walker
The 2022 NFL Draft isn't exactly stacked at the running back position, however, Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III is one prospect that many teams have kept an eye on.
After a pair of uneventful seasons at Wake Forest, Walker's career took off when he transferred to Michigan State last Fall. He ended up finishing sixth in Heisman Trophy voting after recording 1,636 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 263 carries over 12 games.
Projected to be a second-round pick, here are the three most likely teams to draft Walker this week.
Kenneth Walker NFL Draft
1. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills boasted a top-10 run game last season, but quarterback Josh Allen counting for 34.5% of their rushing yards has left them looking for RB help. Those problems can be addressed if they use the 57th overall pick on Walker. The 21-year-old won the 2021 Doak Walker Award as college football's top rusher for a reason. Walker rushed for 100-plus yards in eight of his 12 games played last season, which is something that the Bills only got once last year from their RB room. Buffalo has one of the most dynamic offenses in the league and it wouldn't be a shock to see Walker thriving in it.
2. Atlanta Falcons
As it stands, Cordarrelle Patterson, Damien Williams and Mike Davis form the Atlanta Falcons' RB room. That's not exactly a trio that you can build around for the future. With Davis slowing down and Patterson being occasionally needed in the passing game, the Falcons could use a playmaker with Walker's potential. He has the type of pure rushing talent that Atlanta has desperately lacked since Devonte Freeman was in his prime over five years ago. If the Falcons wish to speed up their rebuilding, going after Walker is a no-brainer.
3. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have one of the best rushing attacks in the league. Unfortunately, their RBs were injury-prone last season and hybrid threat Deebo Samuel could be out the door soon. The 49ers may have to move up from No. 61 to draft him, but Walker would certainly make it worth their time. Pairing him with Elijah Mitchell in the backfield would give the head coach Kyle Shanahan two potential RB1s to work with, especially if the latter deals with injuries again. With the short shelf life that running backs usually have, it makes sense for the 49ers to invest in another with the upside that Walker brings to the table.
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