There is little doubt DeMarcus Walker will be a solid NFL player. Where the former FSU defensive end winds up could be a matter of a team filling needs sooner rather than later.
Walker, who has 16.5 sacks last season, which was second in the NCAA, has gotten better in each of his four seasons on campus in Tallahassee. He was impressive in his Pro Day at FSU, which moved the needle for some NFL scouts in attendance. The definition of Walker’s career will be how he gets to the quarterback.
Walker told the media at his Pro Day he knows this is a process – one where he must be patient and let things happen. This is something he cannot control and has to wait to see which team calls him on Draft Day.
It is the same kind of process he has been living by since his days at Sandalwood High School. At 6-foor-4 and 280 pounds, he uses his speed to move around offensive linemen, which is a skill that one cannot teach. Right now, CBS Sports is projecting his as a third-round draft pick. Some scouts believe because of his size and speed he could be a solid second round pick.
In this player profile, we will look at the strengths and weaknesses of DeMarcus Walker as he moves on to the next level. We also include a few teams that will want to add help to their defensive front.
Good footwork and first move off the ball. Walker uses a quick swim move to his jump-step in order to climb over the top of pass protection. He 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 the original rush move is stymied. Can play inside or outside.
Inconsistent motor. DeMarcus Walker will have to show he can play at the same level each down. He allows backside tackle opportunities to escape his grasp when he is not hustling. Range as a tackler is average. Where does he fit in with some schemes? Will he play rush end or is he a 3-technique player? Needs to be more of a leader on the field.
New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings