In the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos have selected Florida State Defensive End, DeMarcus Walker.
Broncos take DE DeMarcus Walker, Florida State with No. 51 pick. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 29, 2017
The versatile Seminoles defender played outside as a base-end in their defense, but often kicked inside to rush the passer in sub-packages. He had 16.0 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his senior season, including a 4.5 sack performance in week one against Ole Miss. That type of play earned him First-Team All-ACC Honors and he was voted as the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year.
If you’re big on statistical production, Walker certainly has it. In his last two years, he had 25 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss. Those numbers are comparable to Myles Garrett, who went number one overall to the Cleveland Browns.
Walker has the ability to be an every-down defender for the Broncos, but will likely start his career as a sub-package rusher who can get after the quarterback. See the below Tweet and video for evidence. The guy absolutely kills it in one-on-one match-up’s.
@FSU_Football DL @livinglegend_44 is an advanced pass rusher that is going to win a lot of 1 on 1's on Sunday. Best swim move in the draft!! pic.twitter.com/yzDcloRyBN— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) March 27, 2017
With their first two selections, the Broncos have added size, grit and a nasty demeanor to both of their lines. I expect Walker to be a household name Broncos fans will be rooting for diligently for years to come.
2017 Broncos Draft Picks
|1||20||Garett Bolles||OT||Utah||Scouting Report||Video|
|2||51||DeMarcus Walker||DE||Florida State||Scouting Report||Video|
|3||82||Carlos Henderson||WR||Louisiana Tech||Scouting Report||Video|
|3||101||Brendan Langley||CB||Lamar||Scouting Report||Video|
|4||Traded to Browns|
|5||145 (from Browns)||Jake Butt||TE||Michigan||Scouting Report||Video|
|5||172 (from Packers)||Isaiah McKenzie||WR||Georgia||Scouting Report||Video|
|5||Traded to 49ers|
|6||203||De'Angelo Henderson||RB||Coastal Carolina||Scouting Report||Video|
|7||Traded to Packers|
|7||Trade to Browns|
|7||253||Chad Kelly||QB||Ole Miss||Scouting Report||Video|
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