Former Central Michigan Chippewa, Leterrius Walton, is now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers after being drafted with the 23rd (199 overall) pick of the 6th Round. Boy do the Steelers love the MAC.
The big defensive tackle had an impressvie senior season as he was named to the First-Team All-MAC as he racked up 33 tackles (19 solo), 9.5 TFLs, and two sacks. Against Buffalo he forced a fumble and had a sack. Walton recorded a season high five tackles against Toledo.
Walton has been a fixture of the CMU defense for the past two years as he started every game in both his junior and senior seasons. As a sophomore he appeared in 10 games making seven starts.
When LT first arrived at Mount Pleasant he was an offensive lineman. Coach Dan Enos moved him to the other side of the ball after redshirting his freshman year and what a decision it turned out to be. Every year Walton has gotten better and added more facets to his game.
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At both the NFL Combine and the East-West Shrine Game Walton showed that he is more than capable than of competing with the power conference players.
His 1.79 10 yard split at the Combine was impressive and his 5.25 40 isn't bad for a 319 pound DT. He did 25 reps on the bench press, jumped a vertical of 27 inches, and recorded a 103 on the broad jump. On the three cone shuttle he clocked in at 7.91 and came in at 4.58 on the 20 yard shuttle.
While he may take time to develop and adjust to the NFL game, Walton has some serious upside and could become a very good player down the road. NFL.com see's his game comparable to Ricky Jean-Francois.
Walton is the first CMU player taken in the Draft since Eric Fisher was drafted number one overall back in 2013.