Drafted: Pick 40 of the 7th round by St. Louis
Positives: Genetically heavy athlete with the body of an offensive lineman and the quickness of a fullback...Has impressive linear acceleration off the snap...Developed better hand usage in the last year, preventing defenders from jamming him at the line of scrimmage...Makes proper body adjustments getting to the ball in traffic...Has the vision needed to come back for the off-target passes and shows excellent snatch-&-reach ability as a pass catcher...Flexible in his movements and is adept at making the over-the-shoulder grabs...Mature, responsible person who was left on his own by his parents to finish high school, raising his younger sister while also attending classes and competing in football.
Negatives: Despite his acceleration and quickness, he needs to show better foot agility, as he tends to trip over himself when trying to get into deep routes...Needs to use his size to his advantage as a blocker, as he more often than not, is just standing around making passive attempts to contain the defender...While physically strong, he needs to gain muscle tone...Shows little explosion in his blocks, rarely gaining leverage.
One of the most unrecognized pass catchers in the country, coming into his own midway through his junior campaign...In his last two seasons, he managed to haul in 52 passes for 944 yards (18.2 avg) and twelve touchdowns.
Little All-American third-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, earning honorable mention from the Independent Football Alliance...Started nine games, catching 28 passes for 582 yards (20.8 avg) and seven touchdowns.
Adams State...Opened the season with 5 catches for 125 yards and a 29-yard score.
Eastern New Mexico...Followed with 4 catches for 79 yards and a 58-yard touchdown.
Sul Ross...Gained 40 yards on 3 grabs.
Colorado School of Mines...Had 4 receptions for 61 yards and a 23-yard score.
Western Washington...Capped a scoring drive with a 62-yard grab.
Western Oregon...Made 3 catches for 34 yards.
Fort Lewis...Closed out his career with 5 catches for 143 yards and a 60-yard touchdown.
Appeared in eight games, sitting out the Mesa and New Mexico Highlands contests (undisclosed injury)...Finished with 24 receptions for 362 yards (15.1 avg) and five touch- downs.
Adams State...Gained 21 yards as both of his catches resulted in first downs.
Lincoln...Snared 3 passes for 38 yards.
Fort Lewis...Hauled in 9 passes for 148 yards and a pair of 25-yard scores.
Colorado School of Mines...Finished the year with 5 receptions for 110 yards, including 17 & 47-yard touchdowns.
Sat out the 2001 Mesa and New Mexico Highlands games with an undisclosed injury.
Campus Agility Tests
4.81 in the 40-yard dash...400-pound bench press...31-inch vertical jump.
Lettered in football and basketball at Sandia (Albuquerque, N.M.) High.
Occupational Therapy major...Resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG
2001 8 6 24 362 15.1 5 47 3.00 45.25
2002 9 9 28 582 20.8 7 65 3.11 64.67
TOTAL 17 15 52 944 18.2 12 65 3.06 55.53
College: Eastern Michigan
Drafted: Pick 41 of the 7th round by N.Y. Giants
Positives: Tireless worker with a fearless attitude...Adjusts smoothly to the off-target throws...Has the burst needed to gain separation after the catch...Does not shy away from the crowd, using his hands well to force his way through traffic...Plants and drives sharply on deep routes...Excels at coming across the middle for hitch and screen passes, gaining a good portion of his yardage after the catch, thanks to his array of spin moves and fluid hip swerve...Can create space underneath and knows how to drive towards the sidelines in clock management...Flashes to the ball with his hands properly extended and never hesitates going over the middle for the ball...Shows the athletic ability and toughness to adjust to the ball and take it away from the defender...Also excels as a gunner on special teams.
Negatives: Lacks second level speed to accelerate deep (not a fast-twitch runner)...Slow to engage defenders blocking for the running game...More of a straight-line runner with adequate hip roll...More of a shield blocker in pass protection who struggles to stay with his man...While he can elude after the catch, he will generally go down from the initial hit.
Three-year starter who is regarded as the premier receiver in the Mid-American Conference...Uses his size to his advantage when combating defenders for the ball in traffic...Started 33 of 44 games for EMU, shattering the school's career-records with 211 receptions for 2838 yards (13.5 avg) and 20 touchdowns, topping the previous marks of 135 catches by Savon Edwards (1994-97), 2043 yards by Jermaine Sheffield (1997-99) and 14 scores by both Steve Clay (1992-95) and Sheffield...Has made at least one catch in his last 34 games.
All-Mid American Conference first-team choice...Ranked among the national leaders as he hauled in 93 passes for 1368 yards (14.7 avg) and nine touchdowns, topping the previous school season-records of 78 catches by Kenny Christian (2000) and 1031 yards by Ontario Pryor (1996)...Manned the H-back position, adding 5 tackles (3 solos) on special teams.
Michigan State...Opened the season with 78 yards on 12 catches.
Toledo...Added 5 catches for 55 yards and delivered 3 tackles (2 solos).
Southeast Missouri...Hauled in 11 passes for 112 yards with scores of 4 & 16 yards.
Maryland...Snared 4 passes for 57 yards.
Southern Illinois...Credited with an assisted tackle and made 6 catches for 184 yards with 13 & 47-yard touchdowns...His 184 yards rank seventh on the school's game-record list.
Akron...Named National Offensive Player of the Week by The NFL Draft Report as he gained a career-high 225 yards on 9 receptions, including 2 & 51-yard touchdowns...Only Ontario Pryor (241 vs. Central Michigan in 1996) gained more yards receiving in a game for the Eagles. Ohio University...Picked up 128 yards on 10 catches with a 32-yard score and posted a solo tackle.
Ball State...Gained 84 yards on 5 grabs.
Central Michigan...Had another 5 receptions for 69 yards.
Western Michigan...Totaled 111 yards on 9 receptions.
Northern Illinois...Snared 10 passes for 136 yards and a score.
Bowling Green...Made 7 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown in the season finale.
All-Mid American Conference honorable mention...Recipient of the James M. "Bingo" Brown Award, given to the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player...Started every game at H-back, leading the team with 62 catches for 748 yards (12.1 avg) and six touchdowns... Added a pair of solo tackles on special teams and also completed a pass for a 33-yard gain...Twice earned Player of the Game honors (Ball State and Northern Illinois...Gained over 100 yards receiving in three contests.
Southeast Missouri...Had 6 receptions for 73 yards.
Indiana State...Gained 123 yards on 7 catches with a 65-yard score.
Western Michigan...Followed with a 2-yard touchdown grab.
Ball State...Made 8 catches for 126 yards and a 9-yard score, setting up another drive with a leaping 42-yard snatch.
Buffalo...Caught 5 passes for 59 yards and made a solo tackle.
Northern Illinois...Had another solo tackle as he also totaled 63 yards on 4 catches.
Central Michigan...Hauled in 7 passes for 114 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown an completed a 33-yard pass to QB Kainoa Akina.
Akron...Closed out the season with 7 catches for 85 yards and touchdowns of 3 & 13 yards in a tough 65-62 triple-overtime loss.
Started every game, except vs. Michigan at H-back...Joined Kenny Christian in forming the second-best receiving tandem in college football, as the pair made 133 catches for 1529 yards...Caught 55 passes for 721 yards (13.1 avg)...All five of his touchdown grabs came in the fourth quarter...Recorded 7 tackles (6 solos) on special teams.
Connecticut...In his first career start, he scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 4-yard catch with 1:50 left to give the Eagles a 32-25 decision.
Temple...Gained 100 yards for the first time in his career on 8 catches, including touch-downs of 11 (1:09 remaining) and 21 yards (0:04 left). South Carolina...Posted a pair of tackles and gained 33 yards on 5 grabs.
Toledo...Added 2 solo tackles to go along with a 22-yard touchdown catch with 1:48 left.
Ball State...Followed with 3 catches for 95 yards.
Northern Illinois...Totaled 199 yards on 14 catches, including a25-yard score with 0:25 remaining to give EMU a 39-32 victory...Only Kenny Christian (20 vs. Temple in 2000) had more receptions in a game in Eagles' annals.
Western Michigan...Registered a pair of tackles and snared 4 passes for 77 yards.
Played in ten games as a true freshman, catching a pass for a 1-yard gain vs. Central Florida.
No injuries reported.
Campus Agility Tests
4.56 in the 40-yard dash...30-inch vertical jump...9'7" broad jump...390-pound bench press...495-pound squat...333-pound power clean...31 ½-inch arm length...9 3/8-inch hands...Right-handed...20 Wonderlic score.
Attended Libertyville (Ill. )High...Lettered three times in football, earning first-team All-State honors as a wide receiver after catching 48 passes for 801 yards and six touch-downs, helping the team to a 10-1 record and a berth in the second round of the state tournament...Also selected first-team All-Area, All-Conference and All-Lake County... Caught 17 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns as a junior, as the team went 8-3... Competed in the high jump, long jump and 100 meters in track as a junior.
General Business major, with a 3.0 grade point average...Son of Margie and Allan Walter... Born Kevin Patrick Walter on 8/04/81...Resides in Libertyville, Illinois.