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Ricky Walker's professional carer hasn't had the straight-to-the-NFL path that he likely hoped to have. Yet Walker didn't give up and now, the former Virginia Tech defensive tackle has an NFL opportunity.
Ricky Walker has signed a deal with the Cleveland Browns and will have the opportunity to compete for a spot over the next couple of weeks on the Browns. The fact that the Browns signed Walker this far into training camp may be a great sign of his chances to make the team. He'll also be joining former teammate Wyatt Teller on the Cleveland roster with Teller likely to start this season for the Browns.
Walker is now one of eight players from Tech's 2016 defense that is currently on an NFL roster along with Tremaine Edmunds, Chuck Clark, Terrell Edmunds, Tim Settle, Greg Stroman, Adonis Alexander, and Brandon Facyson.
No one should be surprised to see Walker getting an NFL shot after his career in Blacksburg during which he had 30.5 tackles for loss including 8 sacks, earning All-ACC Honorable Mention honors in 2017 and All-ACC Second Team honors in 2018.
Of course, Walker will now face a battle to make the 53-man roster for the Browns this season, but his determination and work ethic to get to this point shows he's ready to prove that he is an NFL-caliber defensive tackle.