ENGLEWOOD, Colo. —The Broncos added to their defensive-line stable Friday when they drafted Florida State's DeMarcus Walker with the 51st pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Walker recorded 16 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss during his senior season as a Seminole. That impressive final campaign elevated his stats during his four-year career to 179 tackles, 41.5 tackles for loss and 27 sacks.
Walker will join Derek Wolfe, Jared Crick, Adam Gotsis, Domata Peko and Zach Kerr along the defensive line, among others.
Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway said as the offseason began that while revamping the offense would be important, he didn't want to let the defense slip. Elway said he wanted to make sure the strength of the team remained, and he took a step in that direction with the Walker selection.
After adding Garett Bolles in the first round and four players between the offensive and defensive fronts in free agency, Elway has clearly made a commitment to improving the push along the line of scrimmage.