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2015 NFL Draft Bio: Leterrius Walton - DT, Central Michigan Chippewas

This "LT" won't be a first round pick like his predecessors were but this big fella has garnered plenty of NFL interest.

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There seems to be a lot of talented multi-sport athletes coming out of the MAC nowadays. We all know Quinten Rollins and his amazing story. Leterrius Walton has sport skills beyond the gridiron too. Coming out of high school LT was a three sport athlete and had a very promising baseball career. He also played basketball and you can see how playing all these sports made him into the promising NFL prospect that he is.

Walton was a founding member of the first Dan Enos recruiting class and come into CMU as a two-star offensive lineman. After redshirting his first year in Mt. Pleasant he switched over to the defensive side of the ball.

He didn't play much his freshman year but did get his first career start againt Michigan State. It was in his sophomore year that he would show the MAC just what he was capable of.

He started seven games including the last five of the season. His 2.5 sacks would be a career high and ranked tops among defensive tackles.

As a junior starting full time he showed that he could not only be a pass rusher but also be a run stopper. 9.5 tackle for losses later (including three against Miami) and he did just that. Continuing to add mass to that athletic frame made him one of the best interior defensive lineman in the conference.

Coming into his senior year he was ranked as our 47th best player in the MAC. He certainly lived up to the hype as he recorded his most solo tackles of his career with 19 and added two sacks and two pass deflections. Now a focal point of the defensive he drew more attention from offensive coordinators but was still able to function at a high level.

His fantastic career as a Chip earned him an invite to the East-West Shrine Game where he showcased his prowess and showed scouts that he can play with the boys from the "power" conferences.

With all this success the question of whether LT will be drafted still remains. His combine numbers were good although he had been clocked running the 40 at 5.05 but only managed 5.25 at the combine (still good for a man weighing 319 pounds). His frame also is something scouts love at 6-5 and arms that measure 32.25 inches he has the ideal measurables to become an NFL DT.

His athleticism is one of his best qualities which stems from his time on the diamond and hardwood. His quick hands can be attributed to both as betting the bat around on a fastball is a quality most baseball players need to develop if they are going to be any good. He also had gotten better every year at Central Michigan which shows that he won't be peaking anytime soon.

While he had six career sacks in college he is probably more suited as a run stopper in the NFL. In a pass happy league that will hurt him some but in a 3-4 scheme a big space filling DT is more important as the stand up edge rushers are supposed to be putting the pressure on.

At 6-5 he still has plenty of room to add weight to his frame without losing his ability. Adding weight will help him to handle double teams which is not his strong suit as well as allow him to get a greater push on the offensive line.

CBSSports.com has LT ranked as the 16th defensive tackle and the 164th player overall. This puts him as a 5th round projection and seems to be the consensus around the mock draft sites.

The bottom line is that Walton is a project that will take time to develop. The team that drafts him will have to be willing to develop him and school him on technique and work on getting his body up to NFL standards. Don't expect much from him on the field his rookie year. Given the right situation however, he could become a stud and a player that teams regret not taking a chance on.