Cajuns DB Tracy Walker drafted By Detroit Lions in third round of 2018 NFL Draft
By: David Collins, Athletics Communications Assistant
Story LinksLAFAYETTE – To play in the National Football League is a dream of everyone who picks up a helmet and begins playing football, for Tracy Walker that dream has come true.
With the 82nd pick in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions selected Walker and he becomes the first Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns football player to be drafted within the first three rounds of the NFL draft since Bill Bentley was taken 85th overall by the Lions in the third round of the 2011 draft.
A native of Brunswick, Ga., Walker finished his career at Louisiana ranked third all-time in Ragin’ Cajuns history for tackles by a defensive back (276 tackles) and he was a part of two R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl teams, including the 2014 Cajuns who won the New Orleans Bowl. He was named Third-Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2017 and he had a great showing at the 2018 East-West Shrine Game.
The drafting of Walker makes it two straight seasons that the Cajuns have had a player drafted, with Elijah McGuire getting drafted by the New York Jets 188th overall in the sixth round of the 2017 draft. Walker becomes the 37th player from Louisiana to get drafted by the NFL and the third in the past four seasons.
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