Former Georgia LB Quay Walker admits to losing confidence with Packers
"I don't want to outgrow myself. I just want to keep my head and stay neutral at all times," former Georgia linebacker Quay Walker said after the first day of rookie minicamp with the Green Bay Packers in May.
Walker, who was drafted 22nd by the Packers in April's NFL draft, remains humble despite his early draft pick and high expectations.
Walker, the Packers' first off-ball linebacker picked up in the first round since AJ Hawk in 2006, got off to a hot start with his new team.
Over the summer, Walker has made it his mission to study his new veteran teammates, linebackers De'Vondre Campbell and Krys Barnes.
"I absorb quite a lot, to be honest," Walker said. "He doesn't know, but I watch him a lot. I'm just trying to learn a lot from him - how he goes about his day, how he's treated between meetings and what he does. So I'm just trying to tow him, everything. Not only him, but also Krys (Barnes). These two guys are very good guys that I'm just trying to learn everything I can from.
Walker admitted he's lost some confidence since arriving in Green Bay and said he's focused on regaining it as we move closer to the 2022 NFL season. Walker understands he was picked in the first round for a reason, but he said he had a hard time adjusting to the next level.
"No doubt about it," Walker said. "That's something I really want to work on. When I got here I kind of lost my confidence because I just wasn't sure what was going on and was trying to get a good feeling. You know what it's like when I'm in a new organization and a new defense. stuff like this. It's similar to college but still new things. That's the main thing, I'm trying to get my confidence back. I just think there's a reason I'm here too. This is the highest level of the football period. I just have to trust and believe in it, and so do my teammates, so they can count on me. Just walk from there.”
At Georgia, Walker was a tackling machine, finishing fourth on the team with 63 total tackles.
"I'm learning a new defense and these are veterans that I play with, these are grown men, so it's going to be a little bit different," Walker said in May.
Walker says the right things. Georgia's defense last year might have been the best in college football history, but the NFL is a whole new animal. But Walker has lived up to expectations in his very short time with the team.
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