Denver Broncos: Redshirt rookies can play huge roles in 2018
DeMarcus Walker, Defensive Lineman
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The Broncos made a mistake last year experimenting with DeMarcus Walker at the outside linebacker position after injuries to both Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett.
In hindsight, they should have just signed a veteran like Dwight Freeney to take their place.
Walker, who excelled at blocking kicks in college, was then a healthy scratch most of the season due to an inability to play ‘teams’ according to head coach Vance Joseph.
It was one of a number of head-scratching coaching decisions last year, but Walker is transitioning back to the defensive line where he belongs, and is up over 270 pounds.
With Walker moving back to the interior, the Broncos can have a fearsome pass rusher at the three-technique position who can replace Adam Gotsis on passing downs or potentially in the base defense in general if Gotsis’ legal situation doesn’t play out in his favor.