Photo of DeMarcus Walker
Drafted By: Broncos
  • Round 2
  • Pick 19
  • Overall 51

Combine Results

Grade
5.64 ?
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"We said they have to address that front seven. ... They're still gonna win with defense in Denver. Replenish and add to that defensive line. This certainly fills that build." -- Brian Billick

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 280LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands

Overview

Walker is one of the few big recruits (top 50 overall nationally) that slipped out of Alabama head coach Nick Saban's grasp. He switched his commitment to Jimbo Fisher and enrolled at FSU a semester early to participate in spring practices. Walker parlayed that extra playing time in his freshman season, starting three of the 12 games he played (18 tackles, two TFL, one sack). He won a starting job in 11 of 14 games for the national champions in 2014 (38 tackles, six TFL, one sack) before coming on strong as a junior, garnering third-team all-ACC notice from league coaches (58 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks, and five pass breakups) and receiving the Seminoles' team Defensive MVP award. Walker started off his senior season with a bang, making 4.5 sacks in the team's win over Ole Miss. He also finished the year well, putting up four tackles for loss in Florida State's win over Michigan in the Orange Bowl. Walker was named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation and first-team All-ACC for his production: 68 tackles, 21.5 TFL (eighth in the FBS), 16 sacks (second in the FBS).

Analysis

Strengths

Ties quick swim move to his jump-step in order to climb over top of pass protection. Posted eye-popping sack production (25) over last two seasons at FSU. Attempts to play past the blocker rather than giving in. Always searching for new opening when original rush move is stymied. When rush stalls, he spies quarterback and gets hand in alleys. Eight career passes defensed. Gathers blockers to set up teammates when first on twists. Active, heavy tackler. Stack-and-shed power on the edge when pad level is right. Thick bubble and thighs with ability to carry more mass. Able to stuff cut blocks and keep his feet clean. Hasty with hands and lands first. Engages and mirrors flow of running back with square pads. Durable and dependable; played in 90 percent of the defensive snaps 2016.

Weaknesses

Inconsistent motor. Allows backside tackle opportunities to escape his grasp when he's not hustling. Range as a tackler is average. A step slow when sliding down line to constrict cutback lanes. Needs to show quicker feet. Struggles to work feet and hips back into playmaking position once beaten on reach blocks. Pops straight and loses his leverage when fatigued. Doesn't have the juice or hips to consistently bend the edge as a pro rusher. Needs two-way goes to do his best pass rush work. Moves well, but lacks suddenness and play speed is average. Level of play greatly impacted by fatigue level.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

NFL Comparison

Mario Edwards

Bottom Line

Walker's sack totals are impressive, but he's not the type of "early win" sack artist that generally post those types of numbers. He's a base end with power to hold up at the point, but better suited to reduce inside as interior rusher on passing downs. Walker lacks the desired size and physical traits teams look for off the edge; a move to three-technique isn't out of the question.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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