If he ends up being drafted by the Redskins this April, Oklahoma defensive lineman Charles Walker will start spending plenty of time with Washington defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. However, Walker won't need to worry about making a first impression on Tomsula, because he already did when the two met at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Tomsula was a coach on the field during lineman drills in Indy, barking at prospects and, well, possibly terrifying them, too:
Conveniently enough, during a #RedskinsTalk podcast discussion with CSN Insider JP Finlay, Walker revealed that he and Tomsula collided head-on — and, apparently, Tomsula wanted it to happen, too.
"It was one of those drills where you gotta run up to the guy, you gotta run all the way up to the coach and once you run to him you gotta change direction," Walker told Finlay. "And [the coach] was like, 'If I don't move, if I don't tell you to go nowhere, run straight through me. So I'm like — he had been eyeballing me the whole time — I'm like, 'I'm gonna get somebody.'"
When Finlay asked the ex-Sooner if Tomsula was the coach in question, Walker said yes, he was. So what happened when it was Walker's turn to go?
"I hit him," he said. "I hit him."
But according to Walker, this was no chance encounter. In fact, it appeared that the Redskins assistant was ready for the confrontation.
"He was just laughin'," Walker remembered. "Once I ran up to the line, he was laughin', so I knew it was gonna be something."
Tomsula has probably been evaluating linemen on tape since being hired by the team, but for Walker at least, he also now has some direct knowledge what he's like in the trenches.
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