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Walt Aikens

2014 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects Flying Under the Radar

Both Pierre Desir and Walt Aikens made the most of their Senior Bowl experience, and have their sights set to be among the 2014 Draft’s best cornerbacks. Desir is one of the class’s best press cornerbacks, and despite being still very raw in his footwork and vertical coverage IQ, he’s ...

Senior Bowl 2014: Last-Minute Look at Unheralded Names to Know at All-Star Game

It should come as no surprise that small-school cornerbacks such as Desir and Walt Aikens out of Liberty are the focal point of an event like the Senior Bowl. In today's NFL, teams need to have four or sometimes five quality options at cornerback on the roster. It used to be that three ...

An Inside View on NFL Draft Pro Days

Or look at cornerback Walt Aikens out of Liberty. A player I really liked at the Senior Bowl, Aikens didn’t receive a combine invite. However, at his pro day, the cornerback posted 40 times in the mid- to high-4.4 range to give scouts a number to compare to the speed he shows on ...

Pierre Desir stands out for more than his height

Two are 6-3 – Nebraska’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Utah’s Keith McGill; and Liberty’s Walt Aikens also is 6-1, but he wasn’t even invited to the Combine. made life miserable for Peyton Manning in the Seahawks’ 43-8 romp over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. And yes, Desir is well ...

Highlighting the Hottest Commodities of the 2014 NFL Draft

Keith McGill (CB, Utah), Walt Aikens (DB, Liberty), Pierre Desir (CB, Lindenwood) and Stanley Jean-Baptiste (CB, Nebraska) were just some of the prospects in attendance who fit the bill. I thought on tape that SJB might have had less targets when in press coverage, but it seems he was ...

NFL Draft Position Needs: Denver Broncos

Walt Aikens (Liberty) would be an interesting flier early on the third day. The Denver Broncos have a major weak spot at middle linebacker, which they may address by targeting Ohio State's Ryan Shazier in the 2014 NFL Draft. Matthew Shovlin is based in New York City, New York, United ...

Fewell primed for Pro Day

“He’s really received that message well.” Fortunately for Fewell, Liberty teammate Walt Aikens has ensured that more scouts than usual will likely be in Lynchburg for the Flames’ Pro Day. Aikens, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound cornerback who transferred from Illinois, stood out at the ...

In the FCS Huddle: If only the FCS was drafted

Detroit Lions - Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty. Much like the Rams' tough call at No. 2, the Lions go Aikens over Maine's Kendall James to man a corner. Aikens is bigger; James is faster. 11. Tennessee Titans - Rakim Cox, DE, Villanova. Cox's four-year productivity jumps out at ...

1-on-1 With Liberty University NFL Draft DB Walt Aikens

So without further adieu, enjoy our interview with Walt Aikens: DCN: What do you consider your biggest strengths as a player? DCN: Which scheme are you most comfortable in? Do you feel more comfortable playing man or zone coverage? Walt: I’m comfortable in both man and zone. I ...

Liberty notes: Apon makes up for miss

Cornerback Walt Aikens talked with Kurt Beathard after the game, and the Gardner-Webb offensive coordinator — who recruited Aikens to Illinois before Aikens transferred to LU — told Aikens the Runnin’ Bulldogs were picking on him early. Though Aikens didn’t ...

Liberty football position outlook: Defensive back

Walt Aikens returns for his second season after tying for the team lead with three interceptions. He also forced three fumbles. Aikens is a hard-hitting, ball-hawking corner. But as cornerbacks coach Marshall Roberts noted, he was also a player who operated on instinct last ...

Carlos Hyde, Austin Seferian-Jenkins visiting Buffalo Bills

WGR 550′s Joe Buscaglia reports that the Bills are hosting three top draft prospects today in Washington Huskies star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ohio State Buckeyes RB Carlos Hyde, and sleeper cornerback Walt Aikens from Liberty. I can’t tell you much about Aikens, but I ...

Carlos Hyde, Austin Seferian-Jenkins visit Buffalo Bills pre-draft

Three more 2014 NFL Draft prospects are visiting the Buffalo Bills today: Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Liberty cornerback Walt Aikens. Hyde is the latest in a growing line of running back prospects that have visited One Bills ...

Detroit Lions: 5 Day 3 Prospects to Target in 2014 NFL Draft

With long arms and strong body definition, Walt Aikens features a desirable blend of size and speed, running the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds at 6-foot-1, 203-pounds. Aikens transferred from Illinois and totaled seven interceptions with 15 passes defended for Liberty. He improved ...

Post-FA Mock Draft: Multiple Suggestions for Each Round

Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty: There are two big knocks against Aikens. First, he got himself kicked off of Illinois's team for, ostensibly, being a knucklehead. That was ages ago, though, so I'm not concerned. Second, he played at Liberty, meaning he saw literally no quality ...

Grigson getting it done

Round #5 - Corner - Walt Aikens ( 6-0 ; 205 ; 4.49) Liberty - Former safety at Illinois before transfer. Plays press man aggressively. Physical in the running game, and has playmaking skills on the ball. Has the size and strength to work into a starter with Pagano's coaching. Meanwhile...

Combine Snubs’ Pro Daze, Part I

Not At Liberty: College cornerback/NFL safety candidate Walt Aikens of Liberty University (6-1, 203) ran the 40 in 4.46 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.28 seconds, and the 3-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. His 40 time would have qualified for second-best among combine safeties, while his ...

Senior Bowl 2014 with a Philly angle...

The others are Liberty cornerback Walt Aikens, Jackson State cornerback Qua Cox, Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Georgia Southern running back Jerick McKinnon, Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid, Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and Georgia Southern ...

Flames aim to avoid 0-4 start

“I feel like once we start winning, we’re not going to stop,” Liberty cornerback Walt Aikens said. “Plus, we feel like we owe Lehigh one. [Penalties] took away three touchdowns [last year], and we feel we really shot ourselves in the foot.” Aikens’ last comment was another ...

Flames focus on Lehigh receiver

In last year’s meeting in Bethlehem, Pa., Spadola and Liberty cornerback Walt Aikens broke even. Spadola finished with seven catches for 121 yards and a 55-yard touchdown. Kevin Fogg was the defending corner on the touchdown pass. Spadola simply got behind Fogg in man coverage and broke ...

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