Don't forget about Zykeivous Walker.
One of the top recruits of Auburn's 2020 class played in nearly every game and started the finale. His upside under a new staff is quite large.
(Todd Van Emst/Auburn Athletics)
It’s somewhat surprising to see Zykeivous Walker fly under the radar this offseason.
He doesn’t fit the archetype of a diamond in the rough, just waiting to break out and surprise everyone. Walker was a high 4-star coming out of high school, ranked only behind Tank Bigsby in Auburn’s 2020 class that finished No. 7 nationally. He picked Auburn over the likes of Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
It’s not like Walker was redshirted and forgotten about on a deep defensive line last season. He was on the field in the first quarter of the season against Kentucky. Walker played in all but one game for the Tigers and even started the season finale, a Citrus Bowl loss to Northwestern.
And Walker nabbed some attention early in spring practices when it was revealed that he had the second-biggest weight gain on Auburn’s spring roster. He went from 266 pounds as a freshman to 289 pounds at the start of practices, trailing only Caleb Johnson in the year-to-year bulking-up p…