Camp Spotlight: Defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker

Posted Aug 7, 2015

Tim Twentyman tracks the performance of defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker during Day 5 of training camp practice.


Position: Defensive tackle

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 294

College: Tulsa

Experience: Fourth year

Tyrunn WalkerDT Tyrunn Walker (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Outlook: When it became clear the New Orleans Saints were in a bad spot with their salary cap and weren't going to be able to offer Walker a restricted tender offer, Lions assistant director of pro personnel Rob Lohman put Walker on general manager Martin Mayhew’s radar.

Not long after Mayhew saw film on Walker, he and the Lions agreed on a one-year, $1.75 million deal.

Walker is a smart football player who can play all four positions along the defensive line. The Lions want him to be a penetrator and disruptor alongside Haloti Ngata in the three technique in the center of their defense.

Walker and Caraun Reid are taking first-team reps while Ngata sits out with a strained hamstring. One of the two will win the starting spot alongside Ngata when he returns.

Practice report: Walker had a nice day in both individual and team drills.

In sled drills with his fellow defensive lineman, he had three reps against the smaller and speedier Darryl Tapp, but it was Walker who was quicker out of his stance and first to engage the sled two of the three reps.

In pass rushing drills with the offensive lineman, Walker had a nice bull rush on Larry Warford that could have been scored either way. Center Travis Swanson got the better of Walker in their only rep together though, standing Walker up and holding his ground nicely.

The defense outperformed the offense most of the day Friday, including going 6-0 in situational drills. Walker was part of the first-team unit that stuffed the offense's run game and scored the win twice.

The Lions value Walker’s versatility and he’s shown early on in camp that he can play the run and get himself into the backfield.

Quotable: “My mindset is I’m trying to learn everything,” Walker said after practice Friday. “I like football. I like to study football. I’m going to learn everything.

“If I know what I’ve got to do and what (Darryl) Tapp and Ziggy (Ansah) have to do and J.J. (Jason Jones) and those guys then it makes everything better. I can play off of them and they can play off of me.”