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2015 NFL DRAFT

Walt Aikens, CB

School: Liberty  |  Conference: BSOU
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 203 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
97133
Player News
05/12/2014 - Dolphins go 'small-school' with several picks...In the lower rounds the Dolphins hit the smaller schools hard. Cornerback Walt Aikens, the fourth-round pick, attended Liberty. Tight end Arthur Lynch, the team's first fifth-round pick attended Georgia. But linebacker Jordan Tripp, the second fifth-round pick, attended Montana. Wide receiver Matt Hazel, the sixth-round pick, attended Coastal Carolina. Defensive end Terrence Fede (pronounced Fuh-day) attended Marist (NY) College. That means Taylor, Aikens, Tripp, Hazel and Fede all played against what could be considered inferior talent in college. That would seem to make NFL projections a little more difficult. Hickey, however, defended going with players from smaller schools.

"The important thing, and part of what scouting that it all comes back to, is evaluating the traits that a player has because those things you can translate those," he said. "Again, level of competition varies depending on the week from week-to-week, from game-to-game, from opponent-to-opponent. You focus on the traits and do those traits translate to success at the next level. The players we saw, we saw enough in their skill set that we feel like they will be able to translate to the next level." Regardless, the Dolphins' draft is more of a wait-and-see affair right now. They filled needs, but there's lots of room for doubt as to whether they selected NFL-quality talent. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 4/125 - Walt Aikens, CB, 6-1, 205, Liberty...Aikens is regarded as a physical player who isn't afraid of contact. A three-time All-Big South player, Aikens had three interceptions and 62 tackles last season. He'll compete for playing time with CBs Cortland Finnegan, Jamar Taylor and Will Davis. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 97/13. Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty, 6-1, 203, 4.50, 3...Stood out as a freshman safety at Illinois but was bounced from the team after an arrest on theft, which he pled to a misdemeanor. Still, he moved to Liberty where he showed his athletic ability in football, basketball and track. Last year tied for the team lead with 62 tackles and added three interceptions. Has experience and show NFL ability at both cornerback and safety. Frankly: Looked good at Senior Bowl workouts and has the aggressiveness, self-confidence and athleticism necessary to help somebody in the pass-happy NFL. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on the Baltimore Ravens' draft radar: CB Walt Aikens, Liberty: The Ravens boast solid starters in Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb at corner but suspect depth behind them. Aikens isn't your typical small school prospect. The highly regarded prep prospect signed and played immediately with Illinois but an arrest for theft got him kicked off the team. Aikens' talent is unquestioned. He was a three-time Big South All-conference honoree and stood out at the Senior Bowl. He may have been this year's biggest combine snub and proved as much during his Pro Day workout, registering an impressive 4.49-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 203 pounds. Aikens is certainly a work in progress but he possesses the length and aggressive nature to fit in well in Baltimore's man-heavy scheme. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/17/2014 - Five players who should be on Washington's draft radar: CB Walt Aikens, Liberty: The Redskins drafted cornerback David Amerson with their top draft pick last year, but DeAngelo Hall isn't getting any younger and more depth is needed in the secondary. Aikens is unpolished in several areas and will need time to adjust to the NFL game, but is a gifted athlete for his size, also playing basketball and track at Liberty. He is experienced at free safety and cornerback, playing mostly press, off-man and zone coverage in college. A surprise NFL Combine snub, Aikens has workable traits and appears to have considerable room before he hits his football ceiling - a possible target with the 102nd pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/05/2014 - 2013 ALL-BIG SOUTH FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DB - Walt Aikens, R-Sr., Liberty,...Has been selected First Team All-Big South Conference for the 2013 college football season by the Big South head coaches and select media. - Big South football/Liberty football

08/01/2013 - 2013 BIG SOUTH PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DB - Walt Aikens, Liberty - R-Sr.,...Big South All-Conference second team for second year in a row in 2012...Made 11 starts as boundary corner...Led Liberty defensive backs with 51 tackles (39 solo, 12 assisted)...Tied for the Big South lead with three forced fumbles...Returned four punts for 42 yards...Finished season in a tie for fifth in the Big South in passes defended (7). - Liberty football

 
Player News
05/12/2014 - Dolphins go 'small-school' with several picks...In the lower rounds the Dolphins hit the smaller schools hard. Cornerback Walt Aikens, the fourth-round pick, attended Liberty. Tight end Arthur Lynch, the team's first fifth-round pick attended Georgia. But linebacker Jordan Tripp, the second fifth-round pick, attended Montana. Wide receiver Matt Hazel, the sixth-round pick, attended Coastal Carolina. Defensive end Terrence Fede (pronounced Fuh-day) attended Marist (NY) College. That means Taylor, Aikens, Tripp, Hazel and Fede all played against what could be considered inferior talent in college. That would seem to make NFL projections a little more difficult. Hickey, however, defended going with players from smaller schools.

"The important thing, and part of what scouting that it all comes back to, is evaluating the traits that a player has because those things you can translate those," he said. "Again, level of competition varies depending on the week from week-to-week, from game-to-game, from opponent-to-opponent. You focus on the traits and do those traits translate to success at the next level. The players we saw, we saw enough in their skill set that we feel like they will be able to translate to the next level." Regardless, the Dolphins' draft is more of a wait-and-see affair right now. They filled needs, but there's lots of room for doubt as to whether they selected NFL-quality talent. - The Sports Xchange

 

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