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Prospect Profile: Florida State DE DeMarcus Walker

Posted Mar 17, 2017

DeMarcus Walker 

Defensive end | Florida State | Senior

Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 280 pounds

College Stats

2016: totaled 68 tackles (46 solo) with 21.5 tackles for loss; recorded 4.5 sacks in the season-opener against Mississippi; ranked second in FBS with 16 sacks; added three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries and a blocked extra point attempt; named as consensus All-American; earned First-Team All-ACC honors; finalist for Hendricks Award and semifinalist for Lombardi Award; named as team’s Defensive MVP

Career: totaled 182 tackles (108 solo) with 45 tackles for loss and 28.5 sacks; played in 52 career games; took over starting role as defensive end during sophomore season; improved tackle total each season; helped Florida State win 2014 national championship

Combine Results (did not participate in on-field drills)

Bench press: 18 reps of 225 pounds

Profile

Summary: Some believe Walker could be most effective in the NFL by moving inside and rushing from a defensive tackle spot . 

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com said Walker “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.”

Stacking up: Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated has Walker as the seventh-ranked edge rusher in the draft. NFL Media analysts Mike Mayock and Bucky Brooks did not have Walker as top 5 prospect for his position.

Getting a head start: Walker enrolled early for the spring semester at Florida State after switching his commitment from Alabama.