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Draft Scout Walt Aikens News
09/11/14 - S Walt Aikens (hand) was limited Thursday, which he's been all week.
05/12/14 - 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
05/12/14 - 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
05/08/14 - 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
04/29/14 - 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