Scouting Report: J.D. Walton

Written by Rob Engle on April 22, 2010



J.D. Walton


Position: C School: Baylor
Height: 6’2 5/8 Weight: 300 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 5.22

Overall Grade:

6.59

Draft Projection:

2nd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 4.5
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8
Strength/Explosion 10 8.5
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 7.5
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 6
Toughness 8 7.5
Potential 10 5.5


Offensive Lineman Specific Categories

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Pass Blocking 10 9
Run Blocking 10 8
Awareness 8 6
Hand Placement 6 5
Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 5
Footwork 8 7
Leverage 8 6



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

A real technician. Very tough. Has a mean streak and ability to wear people down. Good cut blocker. Very good pass protector with a solid base, quick feet, strong hands and punch. Good balance and doesn’t get out of control. Solid run blocker with the ability to move smaller lineman and get to the second level quickly. Sustains and finishes blocks very well. Has a great understanding of the game. Played in a system with wide splits between the center and guards which gave him a lot more 1-on-1 opportunities. 3 year starter in a big conference.

Weaknesses

Only average size for a center. Will try to overpower people and miss at times. May have reached his potential already because he has so much playing experience. Average athlete. Plays a little high at times.

Analysis

Walton is our consensus 2nd best center in the draft, but it isn’t even by much! He impressed everyone who saw him at the Senior Bowl by consistently standing up defensive lineman that were blowing by other offensive lineman in the pit and pass rush drills. He has a ton of experience and is very smart (29 on Wonderlic). He should be able to come in, learn an offense, and start fairly early if necessary. Transferred from Arizona State to Baylor.


Experience

24 strait starts at center.

Awards and Honors

2009: 1st team All-American. Rimington Trophy finalist.
2008: Honorable mention All-Big 12.
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Speech communication major at Baylor.

Injuries

No history of injuries.




Disagree with our scouting report? Think we’ve left something out? Maybe you’ve seen something we just haven’t. Thanks okay! Leave your own scouting report using the comments feature at the bottom of the page. We at Draft Breakdown value your opinion and we’d love to hear it. This feature is available on all of our scouting reports, articles and blogs. Help keep Draft Breakdown a one stop shop for all your NFL Draft needs!

Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.