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Northwestern's Anthony Walker Jr. goes to Colts in fifth round of NFL Draft

Anthoyn Walker Jr. became the latest traveler on Northwestern's pipeline to the NFL.

The former Wildcats linebacker was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, going to the Indianapolis Colts with the No. 161 pick.

Walker was the 10th Northwestern player selected in the NFL Draft since Pat Fitzgerald took over as the Cats' head coach ahead of the 2006 season. At least one Northwestern player has been selected in each of the last three drafts.

Walker had a sensational season as a redshirt sophomore in 2015, leading the Big Ten with 122 total tackles. He ranked in the top five nationally with 20.5 tackles for loss, the third most in a single season in program history. Walker was named to the All-Big Ten First Team and was named an AP All-America selection.

As a redshirt junior last season, he ranked second on the team with 105 total tackles and 10 tackles for loss. He also forced four fumbles, recovered two of them, had a pair of sacks, and came away with an interception. He earned All-Big Ten Second and Third Team honors.

Walker joined safety Ibraheim Campbell and defensive end Dean Lowry as Northwestern defensive players chosen since 2015.