Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said (per Ryan Aber) of Charles Walker’s decision to leave the team in preparation for the 2017 draft: “Quitting on your teammates is hard to take as a coach.”
According to Matt Miller, NFL scouts have already ripped Walker’s work ethic and he can’t see this going over well with NFL teams.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Oklahoma star DT Charles Walker has informed HC Bob Stoops that he’s leaving the team immediately to prepare for the 2017 NFL draft.
- Rapoport mentions that Walker is projected to be a high draft pick next year.
It’s not all that common for a player to inform his college team that he’s sitting out the rest of the year to prepare for the draft, so this is somewhat surprising to hear. It seems like this could end up having an impact on his draft status.
Matt Miller of B/R has Walker listed as the No. 32 player in his latest Big Board and has said that he’s been a fast riser this season.
ESPN’s Todd McShay also has Walker rated as the No. 19 player on his Big Board.
During his three-year college career, Walker has recorded 53 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble and five pass defenses over the course of 21 games.