Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker selected by Broncos in 2017 NFL Draft

DeMarcus Walker #44 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates with fans after the game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated Florida 31-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DEMARCUS WALKER
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
6’4″, 280 pounds, DE

DeMarcus Walker of Florida State was the 19th pick in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.

Bio:

The offensive legends get much of the attention in Tallahassee, but DeMarcus Walker was something special for the Seminoles over the past four seasons. Switching to Florida State from Alabama, the Jacksonville native combined for 20.5 sacks and 37 total tackles for loss over the past two seasons. With 16 sacks this past season, Walker was named to both the All-American and All-ACC first teams as he helped the Seminoles to an Orange Bowl victory. Though Walker doesn’t have the flash and allure of a Myles Garrett or Derek Barnett, the Broncos may have found themselves an edge rusher of the future by landing the former ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

Scouting Report:

Walker is dominant in the trenches, both against the run and rushing the passer. The defensive end can certainly lay a big hit when he needs to, and his durability and ability to stay on the field when his team needs him the most should serve him well as a pro. Walker has the ability to make an impact in the passing game not only with sacks, but with batting balls down.

However, Walker needs to to improve on his tackling and stamina. Some will be turned off by Walker’s below-average to average speed, which isn’t ideal in a time of dual-threat quarterbacks. And while Walker can make plays, he’s not at the point where he should be feared. To succeed in the NFL, Walker will need to prove that he’s the player who recorded 25 sacks over the past two seasons and not the one who only had two in his first two seasons.

NFL Combine results:

18 reps on bench press
Did not participate in other drills.

The expert says:

“Walker was a pass-rushing force at the point of attack. For the NFL, his body type would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and he might want to trim down some weight for that role. A lot of his best pass-rushing came from the inside at tackle in obvious passing situations, so he could be a designated pass-rusher in a 4-3 defense as well.” — Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com