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3 reasons the Bills should draft: Temple QB Phillip Walker

Position: Quarterback.
School: Temple.
Measurables: 5-foot-11, 205 pounds.
Combine stats: N/A. Pro Day: 40-yard dash: 4.73 seconds. Vertical jump: 29.5 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches.
Career stats: 49 games, 830 of 1,458, 10,668 yards, 74 TDs, 44 INTs., 342 carries, 763 yards, 9 TDs.
Draft projection: Seventh round-undrafted free agent.

Reasons:

1. He's highly accomplished. Walker became the first Owls' quarterback to lead the program to multiple bowl games, setting records for passing attempts (1,458), completions (830), passing yards (10,668), touchdown passes (74), and total offense (11,431) in his career. A four-year letter winner, he won the American Athletic Conference championship game's most outstanding player award and was on the watch list of three different national awards handed out to the country's top quarterback – the Jonny Unitas Golden Arm, Manning and Davey O'Brien.

2. His Pro Day performance was solid. After not getting invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, Walker needed to impress when the Owls' held their Pro Day. He did just that, with a 40 time (4.73 seconds) that put him among the leaders at his position. Additionally, those in attendance reported that Walker looked good going through quarterback throwing drills.

3. He's picking up steam at the right time. Although he doesn't carry a draft grade from the major networks like nfl.com and CBS Sports, Walker told reporters at his Pro Day he does anticipate getting selected. In addition to the Bills, he's also met with the Packers, Giants and Eagles in some capacity.

Fun fact: Walker threw out the first pitch before a game between the Phillies and Dodgers in August.

They said it: "I get calls from the NFL and they say what is the first thing about PJ and I would say look at PJ and the amount of times he is willing to take a hit and deliver a ball. His competitiveness and love of his teammates, that to me sets him out as the best I have ever been around and I don't know anybody at any level of football who takes the hits he does and that is not knocking our protection." – Temple tight ends coach and former interim head coach Ed Foley

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 27. Up next: Albany State DL Grover Stewart.

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