Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: DeMarcus Walker

DeMarcus Walker, Florida State
6-4, 280
Walker was a four year player for the Seminoles, and had been a verbal commit to Alabama before flipping to Florida State out of high school. He was a consensus top 50 national player out of the high school ranks.
He played in 11 games as a freshman (he was an early enrollee), and recorded 18 tackles, two TFLs, and a sack.
As a sophomore, he played in 14 games for the national championship team, and recorded 38 tackles, six TFLs, had one sack, and four QB hurries.
He returned as a junior, and totaled 58 tackles, 15.5 TFLs, 10.5 sacks, five PBUs, three QB hurries, and four forced fumbles. He also added a blocked kick.
Walker decided to return for his senior season, and recorded 68 tackles, 21.5 TFLs, 16 sacks, two PBUs, four QB hurries, and three forced fumbles.
He was named third team All-ACC as a junior, and was named 1st team All-ACC and 1st team All-American as a senior.
The Good
Super productive once he had the leash removed from the coaching staff. Should have stated before he got the chance.
Massive first step, and excellent swim move combo helps him shirk blockers quickly.
Gets into the backfield with lightning speed.
Sack specialist the last two seasons. Very disruptive in the backfield.
Constantly works to find a way to the play.
Very smart player on the field.
Gets his arms in the air on pass plays, an has enough reach to knock passes down.
Still has enough room on his frame to bulk up some.
Collects blockers to enable teammates to get to the ball.
Rarely leaves the field, and wants in on the action.
Sure tackler who levels pads and makes the hit.
The Bad
Does not possess solid pursuit speed/ability. Players can pull away from him in open space.
Does not have good flow speed when working down the line.
Does not always get good arm extension at point of attack, and can be redirected, or even taken out of the play.
Footwork is not always first rate.
Allows himself the ability to get worn out, and may not be a full three down player in the NFL.
Final Overview
Walker is a high effort guy that will give you everything he has on the field, even if it is, at times, to his detriment. One cannot question his desire to play, and his motor and ambition are what you want, but sometimes a staff will have to limit him to get everything that he has that is good out of him. He is one of the most productive players in this draft, and he could find his way into the late first round, but a second round pick would be suitable for one of his skill set. He is simply just too productive to ignore.

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