Walls played in 16 games last season and started three of them. He originally went undrafted and was signed by Atlanta in 2011. Darrin may have simply flown under the radar as he went undrafted, and maybe the Jets recognize that he has starting capability. They made a point of re-signing him for two years prior to free agency this year. And although $2 million doesn't sound like a ton it is a significant investment from a guy like Idzik.
After reading through the Dennard thread in the draft forum I started to research Walls a little bit more. The guys at PFF and BleacherReport were making a case for him to start this past September. Check out the article below....
That is just one piece of the article. Click the link for a fairly in-depth analysis of Walls. Pretty good stuff.If the Jets plan on making good on their promise, former undrafted cornerback Darrin Walls should line up opposite Antonio Cromartie against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1.
When Darrin Walls was signed to the Jets' practice squad in late September 2012, he was supposed to be nothing more than an extra practice body after Darrelle Revis was lost for the season.
A year later, and Walls is knocking on the door of a full-time starting gig.
The Notre Dame product actually began to flash with the Jets at the end of last year. When he was finally activated to the 53-man roster, Walls played 82 snaps without giving up a single catch and graded out as the best cornerback on the roster behind Revis and Cromartie, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required)....
Could he be the starter opposite Milliner? Should he be?