Name: DeMarcus Walker
Height: 6’4″ Weight: 280 lbs
Age: 22 Experience: R
College: Florida State
When I saw the quote from Jimbo Fisher, I was hooked on DeMarcus Walker.
For those who have yet to see the quote, the head coach at Florida State said this of the defensive end: “He is one of the best players in Florida State history.” As I said in my column when Walker was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round, there’s always a level of coach speak when it comes to the NFL Draft.
But, as I said then, Fisher doesn’t seem like one to throw praise around like that willy-nilly. You know when he says something like that it means an awful lot. And when you consider the history of the Seminoles on defense, it makes you pause and say, “holy crap. I can’t wait to see what Walker will do in this defense with all of that talent around him.”
That hasn’t changed from April. In fact, after Jeffrey Essary’s story on how the Broncos may have found their replacement for Malik Jackson with Walker, I got even more excited about his prospects in Denver and what he could do in this defense.
The best aspect of Walker is how versatile he is. He can play inside and outside on the defensive line. In other words, he stays on the field. Walker also is strong against the run and pass. Think of the guys who have been effective for the Broncos at defensive tackle or defensive end. They had that same versatility that made them hard to block or prepare for.
Let’s look at the numbers of the recent No. 1 pick Myles Garrett and Walker. For the 2016 season, Garrett finished with 33 tackles, 15 for…
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