49ers and Tampa To Trade?
September 13 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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According to a report published on Profootballtalk.com the 49ers may be interested in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The person the 49ers are interested in former first round draft pick, Kenyatta Walker. Walker, is an offensive tackle that isnít exactly fitting in with the Buccaneers.
The 49ers are always looking to improve their offensive line. Though the starting five are set, the 49ers would love a young and powerful offensive tackle to groom for future use. Walker could fill that role.
In Tampa Bay, Walker was supposed to fill the role of left tackle. However, the Buccaneers were not satisfied with his performance at the position. He was moved to the right side of the line where he started 16 games in 2001. This off-season, Walker lost his starting spot to Cornell Green, and Walker was not even active for the Bucsí first game.
Walker has not been happy with the Buccaneers. He did not react positively to being seated on the bench, and the Bucs are reportedly shopping him around. Along with the 49ers, the Redskins may be interested.
Walker would be able to join the 49ers and be groomed in the system for a year. He would probably fill a void in depth along the line, and could allow the 49ers to not select an offensive lineman early in the 2003 draft. In compensation for Walker, itís conceivable - though not confirmed that the Bucsí would be looking for at least a second round pick for Walker.
Itís still very early in the season, and it is unconfirmed by the organization as to whether or not Walker is indeed a candidate for the trade. The 49ers of recent years have focused on building through the draft, and they may not be willing to give up the compensation for Walker that the Bucs are likely looking for.
Walker played primarily on the right side in college but also played on the left side of the line with the Bucaneers. He is powerful, and has long arms, a very solid lower body. He excels in run blocking, and is fundamentally sound as a pass blocker. For a big man, is rather agile, and can pull as needed. Walker is quick off the line, and in college, rarely lets a defender get the upper hand on him.