Day two of the NFL Draft began with rumors about the Denver Broncos targeting a skill-position player with some "juice". Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen were the names we kept hearing.
Both players were taken off the board before the Broncos. We have it on good authority that Denver wanted Mixon, which is likely why Cincinnati traded up to take him at pick 48. Shaheen went three picks earlier to Chicago.
Before the Draft, Denver beefed up the defensive line by signing Domata Peko and Zach Kerr. Including Derek Wolfe, the Broncos had their starting three on the D-line. Beyond them, however, the Broncos were extremely thin up front.
Walker changes that. His collegiate career at Florida State was replete with production. He won a National Championship in 2014 as a freshman. In his final season, he posted 68 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, and 16 sacks. He posted 27 sacks in college, good for No. 3 all-time in school history.
The Broncos could use that kind of production, following a season where they took a huge step backward defending the run. Some scouts doubt Walker's motor, but working under D-line coach Bill Kollar aught to remedy that.
GM John Elway announced the Walker pick on Twitter.
Denver entered this Draft looking to bolster their trenches. With their first pick, the team took care of business on the offensive side, selecting Utah tackle Garett Bolles. With their second pick, the took a defensive lineman — for the second consecutive season.
In the short term, the Broncos got a player who can help push the pocket from the inside on passing downs, freeing up guys like Von Miller to feast. The hope is that Walker can one day blossom into the type of player Malik Jackson was for the Broncos.
Our Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel shared his thoughts on the Walker pick.
Walker has some tools the Broncos can work with and Bill Kollar is the guy to do it. As a questionable fit, they will have their work cut out for them. He had 16 sacks in 2016, and despite 11 of them being coverage sacks, he is going to the team with the best secondary in the NFL.
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