Demarcus Walker-DL-Florida State
Size: 6’4 280lbs

Demarcus Walker

Strengths:

  • Elite production
  • Great tackler
  • Durable and dependable
  • Good use of hands
  • Solid pass rush

Analysis: Demarcus Walker is one of the few big recruits (top 50 overall nationally) that slipped out of Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s grasp. He switched his commitment to Jimbo Fisher and enrolled at FSU. 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 original rush move is stymied. When rush stalls, he spies quarterback and gets hand in alleys. Eight career passes defensed. Gathers blockers to set up teammates when first on twists. Active, heavy tackler. Stack-and-shed power on the edge when pad level is right. Thick bubble and thighs with ability to carry more mass. Able to stuff cut blocks and keep his feet clean. Durable and dependable; played in 90 percent of the defensive snaps 2016.

Weaknesses:

  • Inconsistent motor
  • Quicker feet
  • Leverage
  • Average play speed

Analysis: The main concern with scouts is Demarcus Walker’s motor. It is highly inconsistent on tape. Allows backside tackle opportunities to escape his grasp when he’s not hustling. Range as a tackler is average. A step slow when sliding down line to constrict cutback lanes. Needs to show quicker feet. Struggles to work feet and hips back into playmaking position once beaten on reach blocks. Pops straight and loses his leverage when fatigued. Doesn’t have the juice or hips to consistently bend the edge as a pro rusher. Needs two-way goes to do his best pass rush work. Moves well, but lacks suddenness and play speed is average.

NFL Comparison: Mario Edwards

Draft Projection: Round 3-4

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