Denver Broncos rookie defender DeMarcus Walker has had a rough first NFL season.
He was a consensus All-American defensive end at Florida State and ACC Defensive Player of the Year at defensive end. The Broncos selected him in the second round of the 2017 draft, and moved him to outside linebacker during training camp due because of injuries to Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett.
Walker has been a healthy scratch the last three weeks, and is now practicing with the defensive line, according to The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala.
Broncos coach Vance Joseph said earlier in November that Walker was inactive because of their depth at outside linebacker and his lack of production on special teams—both positions he did not play in college. Injuries on the defensive line, Derek Wolfe (neck) and Domata Peko (knee), have forced the team to make some adjustments.
Walker was drafted to help beef up a defensive line that struggled against the run in 2016. He hasn’t played on the defensive line and the Broncos have the fourth-best run defense in the NFL.
Hopefully he’ll be able to get some time on the field to show the Broncos that playing at a more natural position he can be the dominate player that he was in college.