JONESBORO (ASU) – The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they signed former Arkansas State cornerback Daylan Walker to a free agent contract following a tryout at the team's 2010 mini-camp held this past weekend. Walker, who was a four-year letterman on the ASU football team from 2006-09, will re-join the team May 17 when rookies return for a four-practice session.
While defensive end Alex Carrington was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Walker joined defensive back Marcus Brown as the second ASU player to sign a rookie free agent contract with an NFL team this year. Brown recently signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Walker also joins over 100 all-time A-State players that have signed pro contracts with an NFL franchise.
Walker, who earned his bachelor's degree from ASU this spring, was named All-Sun Belt Conference at the conclusion of his senior season in 2009. He ranked 48th in the SBC in tackles (4.2 tpg) and tied for seventh in passes defended (0.67 per game). He posted multiple tackles in every game, including a season-high eight against Iowa, and recorded four tackles for loss from his cornerback position.
The Milan, Tenn. native ended his stellar career with 152 tackles, six tackles for loss, three interceptions and 16 pass break-ups. He was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week during the 2008 season that saw him register a career-best 65 tackles. He also recorded a career-high 10 tackles in ASU's game against Tennessee during his sophomore campaign.