Defensive End #44
Senior, 6’2″ 273
DeMarcus Walker caught the eyes of the NFL when he flashed his pass rushing abilities as a junior while at Florida State. He recorded 10.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, five passes blocked and four forced fumbles. Walker decided upon returning to the ‘Noles, and improved upon all of his stats. His senior season produced 15 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. The Florida State defensive end may not have top end speed, but is brutally consistent in his production. Including a 4.5 sack performance against Ole Miss in 2016. When placed in the correct role, Walker can be a star.
Young Walker coming out of Jacksonville was a very high four-star recruit that signed with Florida State. He was not a major contributor till his junior season, and his stock has only gone up since. CBS and other sources are reporting that his 40 time is around 4.8. Which isn’t bad, but it is not elite. In his highlights, there was a lack of closing speed. Also, at his size he would be best served as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Walker was not used much in coverage and that will have to be learned. Let’s take a look at his film.
Here is a GIF of Walker sacking Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly and causing a fumble. He helped turned the tide of the game in his team’s favor:
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Here is another video of Walker moving inside to cause havoc.
Walker displays a tremendous inside move to go along with his bull rush. In this next play, he bounces off the right guard to get an inside track at the quarterback.
Walker will make an excellent 3-4 pass rushing outside linebacker at the next level. He is stout against the run, and mixes up his moves. The only concerns going forward are his closing speed, size, and coverage ability. If he works on the last one, then there will not be issues about Walker seeing the field early.
Projected: 2-3 round.