There are plenty of types of running backs that can fit into college offenses currently, but it’s rare to find that feature back that can carry the load for a program game in and game out.
Kareem Walker fits in that feature back category. He’s a big back that has the athletic skills of a much smaller player and he is only going to continue to get bigger and stronger.
Ali has tremendous lateral agility and very good feet. He shows a great burst out of his cuts and has great speed overall speed. He already has the size to be a feature back at the college level and has plenty of room to add weight naturally without losing any quickness.
Ali has all the traits necessary in a great runner. He is able to maintain balance after contact and run with power. He will break arm tackles and has the speed to run away from players once he gets a crease at the second level.
He runs tall, but will lower his pad level when making contact. His change of direction skills for a player his size are outstanding. That combined with his power make him very difficult to tackle one on one.
He shows a willingness to step up and take on the blitz in pass protection. Walker flashed good hands, but the film of him catching the ball out of the backfield is limited.
His best fit would be in a power running offense as an I-back. Let him run downhill and wish the other team luck in trying to tackle him.
Walker’s potential is through the roof. The fact that he is this size at this age is scary and it will be even scarier once a player like him with his speed gets bigger and stronger. He has the potential to be a feature back at a major program for multiple seasons.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach). Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.