If you don’t yet know DeMarcus Walker, you’ll grow accustomed to hearing his name called on Saturdays throughout the 2016 season. As a junior he broke out with 14 tackles for loss and 9 sacks as he emerged as the anchor of that Florida State defensive line. To cap off his stellar junior year, he was named co-defensive MVP with future 5th overall pick Jalen Ramsey. He elected to return for his senior season as he holds a pure passion for the game and will to win – the exact type of player you want on your team.
Name: DeMarcus Walker
College: Florida State
Projection: 6th Round
Comparison: Adrian Dingle
Background: Jacksonville native. Four-star recruit according to Rivals. Social Science major. As a freshman played in 12 and started 3 games. As a sophomore played in 14 and started 11 games. Started all 13 games as a junior and was a team captain.
Positives: Strong. Bulk from shoulders to ankles. Has that type of frame where he could play between 260-285 if asked. Good straight line speed for his size. Shows consistent effort and is always fighting to get to the ball. Shows an earnest attitude in run support. When his rush fails he looks to block passes. A captain who is highly respected by his teammates. An alpha dog presence. Has a mans attitude toward the game and takes it very seriously.
Negatives: Lacks a position due to his size and average athleticism. Lacks the ability to recover from a missed step and if his initial rush fails is finished. Won’t be able to play standing up. Teams will have him as an even front strong-side end. An odd front end. Or make him gain weight and play as a rusher inside in an even front but won’t be athletic enough for that in most schemes. Although productive lacks the ability to make wow plays that will translate to the next level. Does not possess the high-end athleticism that will translate to double-digit sacks in the NFL. Does not show a dominant trait that will carry him. Was a highly recruited player in high school and a good player in college but will have to likely adjust to a new standing in the NFL where he may not see the field enough to be the leader, or alpha he was previously which will be an adjustment.
Outlook: DeMarcus Walker is an old-school football player and someone you’d love all your players to emulate in how they prepare and hold the game in their hearts. But as a player Walker doesn’t fit a mold and lacks transferable skills. He’ll be appreciated by defensive position coaches during interviews but ultimately have to find a good situation to make it work in the NFL.