Round 4, Pick 133
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6’4” Weight: 280lbs
Key Stat: 21.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks in 2016
DeMarcus Walker was a highly productive defensive end for the Florida State Seminoles. Playing inside and out, he made sacks a variety of ways, earning the second most sacks in FBS last season.
He’s not a quick-twitch burner that you want playing the edge on the right side, but he’s well-built and capable of playing both the left end and the 3-technique DT.
Despite his production, scouts are only lukewarm on Walker. I saw a player capable of getting to the back field a variety of ways, but experts saw a player who takes plays off. Lance Zierlein noted that Walker very clearly tires on the field. Playing 90 percent of the snaps for FSU will likely do that to you unless you’re in phenomenal shape.
With the Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Walker would be just another one of Rod Marinelli’s rotational guys. With position versatility, he would be given chances to play inside and out and would fit in well with the rest of “the Orphans”.
He’s certainly not the war daddy Jerry Jones hopes Derek Barnett can be, but in a rotation he appears to be an excellent piece with superb value in the fourth round.
At this point in the draft I was honestly hoping a cornerback or safety would have been available. But it would have been a reach for those who were available and Walker was someone far too good to pass up. High value pick here.