Quay Walker Drafted by Packers: Green Bay's Updated Depth Chart After Round 1

Erin WalshApril 29, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 04: Georgia linebacker Quay Walker answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 4, 2022, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With the No. 22 pick in the 2022 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers decided to bolster their defensive unit by selecting Georgia linebacker Quay Walker. 

With the selection of Walker, let's take a look at Green Bay's updated defensive depth chart:

DE: Dean Lowry 

NT: Kenny Clark, Tedarrell Slaton

DE: Jarran Reed, Jack Heflin

LOLB: Preston Smith, Tipa Galeai, Randy Ramsey 

LILB: Krys Barnes, Quay Walker, Ty Summers, Ray Wilborn

RILB: De'Vondre Campbell, Isaiah McDuffie, 

ROLB: Rashan Gary, Jonathan Garvin, La'Darius Hamilton

LCB: Jaire Alexander, Shemar Jean-Charles, Kabion Ento 

SS: Adrian Amos, Vernon Scott, Innis Gaines

FS: Darnell Savage, Shawn Davis

RCB: Eric Stokes, Kiondre Thomas

SCB: Rasul Douglas, Keisean Nixon

The Packers likely hope to pair Walker with All-Pro De'Vondre Campbell, who re-signed with the franchise on a five-year, $50 million deal in March after an impressive 2021 campaign in which he finished with a career-high 146 tackles.

Walker was not a starter for Georgia until his senior season. However, he impressed in his final campaign for the national champion Bulldogs, recording 1.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, 67 tackles and 5.5 tackles for a loss in 15 games.

Walker's draft stock rose immensely after an impressive combine performance in which his athleticism was on full display. The 6'4", 241-pound linebacker recorded a 4.52 40-yard dash, 32-inch vertical and a 122-inch broad jump.

While the Packers' defense didn't necessarily struggle in 2021, Walker will help improve a Green Bay passing defense that finished 10th in the NFL, allowing 219.1 passing yards per game. The team's rush defense ranked 11th in the league, allowing 109.1 yards per game on the ground. 

That said, it was surprising to see the Packers not use their first selection on a wide receiver. After trading Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders, Green Bay is left with Sammy Watkins, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb as Aaron Rodgers' top targets, none of which are as talented as Adams. 

However, it's worth noting some of the draft's top receivers were off the board before the Packers were on the clock, including Chris Olave, Drake London, Jameson Williams, Garrett Wilson, Jahan Dotson and Treylon Burks.