TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — While DeMarcus Walker’s production speaks for itself, the All-America defensive end is ready to finally let his numbers do some talking, too.
He’ll get that chance Tuesday, when he participates in workouts and position drills at Florida State’s annual Pro Day.
One of the top pass-rushing prospects in this year’s NFL draft, Walker did measurements and interviews at last month’s NFL scouting combine, but he skipped the physical portion due to an injury.
“It did hurt, but I knew my time was coming,” Walker said. “Everybody’s been waiting for this moment – to see me run, to see me move. It’s about time, and I’m prepared for it.”
Walker is one of 16 former Seminoles looking to impress the pro coaches, scouts and executives at the Albert J. Dunlap Indoor Practice Facility.
Among the others are star running back Dalvin Cook, cornerback Marquez White and lineman Roderick Johnson.
For Walker and Johnson, who missed combine workouts due to an illness, Pro Day represents an opportunity to match their physical attributes with their collegiate accolades.
For Cook and White, it’s the possibility to improve on a few marks that they set in Indianapolis last month.
And for a handful of Seminoles from previous years — tight end Kevin Haplea, defensive back Tyler Hunter and punter Cason Beatty are all expected to participate — it’s another chance to chase their dreams of playing professional football.
“The combine was a good experience, but, coming back to Florida State, I perform well here,” said White, who dropped a few pounds since his showing at the combine. “I can think back to the practice habits I built while I was here — hard work and dedication.”
Florida State’s Pro Day has been a must-see event for pro scouts in recent years. In 2015, NFL teams swarmed to see a group of 17 Seminoles headlined by future No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston.
A year later, cornerback Jalen Ramsey was the star attraction, with kicker Roberto Aguayo drawing a healthy crowd of onlookers as well.
With his turn finally here, Walker made his way from one end of his contacts list to the other in search of advice and pointers from former teammates.
“Heck yeah, I talked to everybody,” he said with a laugh. “From Jameis to Jalen to Mario (Edwards Jr.) to Eddie Goldman to Cam Erving — everybody.”
And White got one key tip from Ramsey, his counterpart at cornerback during the 2015 season.
“Jalen told me make sure you’re running back (after drills),” he said. “Coaches don’t want to see you walking.”
Both White and Walker compared the anxiousness that comes before Pro Day to that of a game.
Each is plenty confident in his abilities, but still wants to be sure to put forth his best effort.
“I’ve got to make sure I get some sleep tonight,” White said. “I just want to dominate the workout, then let them know whoever picks me up is getting a great player, great teammate.”
Added Walker: “It’s nervousness and excitement. Not like, ‘Oh I’m going to mess up nervous.’ It’s like a game. I’m very excited for this opportunity.
“All I need is an opportunity, and I’m going to seize it.”
Scout evaluations will begin at 9:15 a.m., with scout tests to follow at 10 a.m. The event will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Florida State Pro Day Expected Participants
Kareem Are, OL
Dalvin Cook. RB
Roderick Johnson, OL
Sean Maguire, QB
Travis Rudolph, WR
Justin Shanks, DL
Freddie Stevenson, FB
DeMarcus Walker, DE
Marquez White, DB
Kermit Whitfield, WR
Jesus Wilson, WR
Former Seminole Participants
Kevin Haplea, TE
Tyler Hunter, DB
Cason Beatty, P
Vincent Kerr, RB
Steven Williams, RB