After conducting a private workout with Baylor center J.D. Walton on March 28th, Scout.com has learned that the Atlanta Falcons will host the 6-foot-3, 300-pound Walton on an official visit on April 7th and 8th.
A three-year starter at Baylor, Walton, a former transfer from Arizona State, anchored the line, starting every game for the Bears since he arrived in Waco. Walton is a tough, durable blocker that controls the line of scrimmage. He’s an intelligent individual who possesses great leadership qualities and a passion for the game.
During the 2009 draft process, former Baylor and current St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith told Scout.com that Walton was the best offensive lineman at Baylor, not him. Walton was only a junior at the time; Smith was a senior and the No. 2 overall selection in ‘09.
Walton is currently the 2nd rated center listed on Scout.com’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings, and is projected to be a late second, early third round pick in this year’s draft. The Falcons don’t have a second round pick this year; they traded it to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Tony Gonzalez deal. But the Falcons possess a mid-third round pick (83rd overall), and will hope that the former Baylor anchor falls into their lap.
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