Denver Broncos Found: Scouting Rookie 2nd-Rounder DeMarcus Walker

Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel brought you the “Finding Broncos” scouting reports, but he wasn't able to scout every player the Broncos drafted. Now he's giving you a scouting report on Denver's rookies who weren't analyzed pre-draft. Here's DeMarcus Walker.

DeMarcus Walker | Defensive Line | Florida State Seminoles | 2nd Round


Walker has a solid swim move to get past blockers. He's rarely off the field and played in 90 percent of the defensive plays last season.

When his rush stalls, he gets his hands up, which caused eight pass breakups in college. Walker posted 25 sacks over the last two season.

He keeps his eyes moving to find a way to the quarterback. Walker is willing to take on more and more blockers to help out his teammates.


11 of his 16 sacks in 2016 came five-plus seconds after the snap and just over 80 percent of his college career sacks were five-plus seconds after the snap. Coverage sacks.

His motor goes full on about 25 percent of the time. Walker doesn’t move well enough to slide down the line when defending stretch runs. He can’t bend the edge when rushing.

Walker has slow feet and a slow lower body — a limited athlete. He found himself shut down by tight ends and running backs far too often for a defensive lineman his size. He doesn’t change direction well.

When rushing Walker is easy to stop — if you close one rush lane down early. He gets fatigued early in the second half and you can see his play drop off, which correspondingly, his effort drops as well.

Walker will struggle to set the edge as a run defender because he lacks the strength to hold his own. He doesn’t understand leverage.

His awareness is poor and he often loses sight of the play. Walker doesn’t have a strong hit on initial contact. He possesses a limited pass rush arsenal.

How He Fits With The Denver Broncos

DeMarcus Walker was a very questionable pick, and sources within Denver have made some interesting statements on Walker’s selection. Walker was viewed as a 3-tech situational pass rusher only in the NFL, which means he is a solid fit with Denver in one of their sub-packages.

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However, in their base package, Walker is a poor fit who lacks what is needed to be a 5-tech or play the 0-tech. He also can’t stand up and rush the edge, like some have suggested. His run defense was poor in college, and was one of the biggest concerns when coming to the NFL.

His sack totals may be jaw dropping initially, with 25 sacks over the last two seasons, but they mostly were coverage sacks. That isn’t a bad thing, as in Denver, he'll have the No-Fly Zone in coverage. Hopefully, the situation behind this pick don’t come back to haunt Denver.

Games Watched

2013: Idaho

2014: Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida

2015: Wake Forest, Miami, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, North Carolina State, Florida, Houston

2016: Mississippi, South Florida, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Clemson, Michigan, Florida, Syracuse. 

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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