ATHENS — D’Andre Walker won’t running, jumping and lifting alongside his fellow Georgia NFL combine invitees this week.
The 2018 Georgia sacks leader will, however, be in Indianapolis on Thursday to undergo the standard medical evaluation portion of the annual NFL evaluation event.
Walker is limited after undergoing hernia surgery on Jan. 23 at Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham. He said he hopes to be ready to do field tests by Georgia’s pro day on Mar. 20.
“I had surgery on my birthday, Jan. 23, and it will take six to eight weeks to recover from that,” Walker said on Atlanta’s 92.9 FM, The Game. “Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to show off my talents there (at pro day).”
Walker’s skills were on display in the SEC Championship Game in December. The UGA senior from Fairburn dominated for much of the game before a groin injury sidelined him in the third quarter.
“When I got hurt the whole game changed,” said Walker, who was enjoying an MVP type of performance.
Walker had five tackles, 2 TFLs, a sack, a forced fumble, a pass break-up and a QB hurry in less than three full quarters of play.
Walker said he suffered his injury with six minutes left in the third quarter, at which point Georgia led 28-14.
NFL teams surely took note and have Walker on the radar.
Walker just looks forward to the opportunity to prove himself once healthy.
“I don’t want to put grade on myself, because it doesn’t matter to me where I get drafted at, as long as I get to play football,” Walker said. “I don’t want to set any limits on myself.”
That includes where he lines up on the field.
“As far as a team drafting me, I feel I can do it all,” Walker said. “I can drop back into coverage, I can get in a 3-point stance, I can even play middle linebacker, in my opinion.
“First and second down is run down, so I would love to put my hand in the dirt and defend the run and on third down. I’d love to drop into coverage or rush the passer.”