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Aaron Walker


Height: 6-6

Weight: 252

Position: TE

College: Florida

Drafted: Pick 26 of the 5th round by San Francisco
Analysis
Positives: Tall, lean with a solid build...Has the short area quickness and leg drive to escape the jam...Can release off the line with his strength...Smooth and athletic for a player his size...Has a good short burst, especially seen on crossing and out patterns... Looks natural catching the ball, extending his arms away from the framework...Has the leaping ability to take the ball away at its highest point, looking comfortable making the grab with defenders on him...Drives hard with his legs after the catch, doing a nice job of getting upfield...Shuffles his feet and delivers good hand punch and arm extension to wall off the defenders in pass protection...Very good at tracking the ball and making the catches over his shoulder.
Negatives: Needs to improve his awareness working in the zone, as he generally sits next to the linebacker...Not used much in motion...Smooth and athletic in his routes, but does get a little sloppy (rounds his cuts) late in the game...Loses leverage on inside power moves...While fast, he needs to gather himself before accelerating...Despite his good strength, it does not translate on the field as he lacks a strong base when facing up to defenders.
Career Notes
Underrated player who also excelled on the school's baseball team (designated hitter in 1999)...Garnered academic honors during his career (2001 SEC Academic Honor Roll)... Started 29 of 47 games for the Gators, coming up with 56 receptions for 718 yards (12.8 avg) and nine touchdowns...Also performed on the extra point/field goal, kickoff return and punt coverage units.
2002 Season

SEC Academic Honor Roll selection...Started every game, participating in 874 plays... Caught a career-high 27 passes for 376 yards (13.9 avg) and four touchdowns.


Miami...Snatched 3 passes for 65 yards.
Ohio University...Followed with 3 catches for 30 yards and an 18-yard score...Also cleared a rush lane for tailback Earnest Graham's 2-yard touchdown run.
Kentucky...Gained 50 yards on a pair of receptions.
Auburn...Made 2 catches for 28 yards and a 13-yard touchdown.
Georgia...Hauled in 4 passes for 64 yards and a 5-yard score.
South Carolina...Added 41 yards on 3 catches.
Florida State...Snatched 3 passes for 34 yards.
Michigan (Outback Bowl)...Closed out his career with 2 catches for 11 yards and a 3-yard touchdown.
2001 Season

Earned SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition...Started nine games (came off the bench vs. Georgia and Vanderbilt)...Caught 16 passes for 179 yards (11.2 avg) and a pair of touchdowns.


Marshall...Opened the season with 2 catches for 19 yards.
Kentucky...Gained 30 yards on a pair of grabs.
Mississippi State...Scored on a 5-yard reception.
Louisiana State...Exploded for 88 yards on 5 catches, including a 5-yard touchdown.
Maryland (Orange Bowl)...Started, but did not catch any passes.
2000 Season

Played in all 12 regular season games with seven starts (Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Florida State)...Also started the Sugar Bowl...Had 12 receptions for 148 yards (12.3 avg) and three touchdowns...Participated in 452 plays (ranked first for a tight end).


Preseason...Injured an ankle early in spring drills playing basketball and missed the majority of spring practice.
Middle Tennessee...Scored his first career touchdowns on 14 & 19-yard grabs.
Mississippi State...Had a season-long 23-yard catch.
Florida State...Made 2 catches for 26 yards and a score.
1999 Season

Played in ten games (did not see action vs. Alabama and Louisiana State...Named to theSEC Academic Honor Roll...Named, along with teammate Kirk Wells, as the squad's Most Improved Tight End Award...Had one reception for 13 yards (vs. Central Florida) on the season...Recorded two special teams tackles.


1998 Season

Did not see any game action and was redshirted...Worked with the scout team at tight end.


Injury Report
Missed most of 2000 spring drills after spraining an ankle in a basketball game.
Campus Agility Tests
4.77 in the 40-yard dash.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE

34 1/8 10 1/4 23 4.73 2.81 1.7 24 33 1/2 9'7" 4.3 7.57


High School
Attended Astronaut (Mims, Fla.) High...A top tight end prospect who received All-American recognition...Named to the Super Prep All-American team and that publication ranked him among the top seven tight end prospects in the nation...Named to Prep Star's All-American team and that publication ranked him the top tight end prospect in the southeast...Named one of the top 10 tight end prospects in the country by National Bluechips Recruiting Service...Selected to Florida's prestigious Super Seniors team... Honorable mention All-American recognition from USA Today...First-team All-State (4A) in 1997...As a tight end in '97, he caught 36 passes for 497 yards and two touchdowns while also recording 82 tackles with 14 QB sacks as a defensive end...A three-year starter atdefensive end and a two-year starter at tight end...Lettered in three sports: football, basketball and baseball...A National Honor Society member (3.66 GPA)...Named to Who's Who Among American High School Students...Served as a peer tutor for local elementary schools...High school coach was Steve Hackett.
Personal
Natural Resource Management major, earning Southeastern Conferenc Academic Honor Roll mention three years...Son of Becky and Keith Walker...Born Aaron Scott Walker on 3/14/80 in Titusville, Florida...Resides in Mims, Florida.
RECEIVING STATISTICS
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG

1999 10 00 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.10 1.30

2000 12 07 12 148 12.3 3 23 1.00 12.33

2001 11 09 16 179 11.2 2 28 1.45 16.27

2002 13 13 27 376 13.9 4 36 2.08 28.92

TOTAL 46 29 56 718 12.8 9 36 1.22 15.61



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