Mark Walton

Miami
RB

Prospect Info

College
Miami
Hometown
Class
Miami, FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
202 lbs
30”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.47
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cincinnati
Bengals
Round 4 ‧ Pick 12
40 Yard Dash
4.6
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Walton's father, Mark Walton, Sr., was murdered when he was young. His mother, Kimberly Rogers, passed away in March 2017. The four-star back signed with Miami to stay close to home, as he helped lead Booker T. Washington High to a state title as a senior (1,472 rush yards, 22 touchdowns). Walton led the 'Canes with 10 total touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) as a true freshman in 2015, rushing for 461 yards (130 carries), catching 22 passes for 293 yards, and returning 17 kickoffs for 300 yards. He earned the starting tailback job in 2016, garnering third-team All-ACC honors with 1,117 yards and 14 touchdowns on 209 carries, along with 27 receptions for 240 yards and a score. Walton's junior season was shortened by injury, however; he started the first four games of the year before a right ankle injury sidelined him. He rushed for 428 yards and three scores early in the year, and caught seven passes for 91 yards.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4-5
NFL Comparison
James White
Overview
Walton is a fluid combo back with the ability to compete for committee carries and third down snaps. His 2016 tape gives a better indication of his quickness since he was nursing an ankle injury for much of the time he played this year. His indecisiveness as an interior runner should be taken into account when offensive coordinators decide to use him. Walton has the ability to become a solid backup who can handle a heavier touch load over smaller stretches if needed.
Strengths
  • Short but stout
  • Has thick, powerful lower body
  • Runs with knee bend and balance
  • Loose hips can rotate to find sharp cutback opportunities
  • Finds yardage for himself when blocking isn't there
  • More decisive and confident when working from dotted "I"
  • Able to hug run lane tight when needed
  • Good acceleration to the corner
  • Touchdown maker
  • Drops pads and gets forward lean into first contact
  • Effective attacking linebackers out of backfield
  • Makes initial tackle attempts miss and has burst to turn a short catch into a chunk play
  • Good ball tracker on wheel routes
  • Hands are sticky like a wideout
  • Will stick a stiff shoulder into chip blocks and is willing to stand in against blitzers
  • Didn't fumble over his last 274 carries
Weaknesses
  • Way too much dancing as off-set back
  • Shows distrust of the blocking plan and will void the rush track early
  • Takes long looks for clear point of entry rather than finding the crease
  • Vision and decisiveness as inside runner are below average
  • Big runs come from bouncing wide
  • Run strength is average
  • Uses gather step pre-cut rather than plant-and-go delaying downhill burst
  • Long-strider for a short back
  • Not overly explosive on lateral jump cuts
  • Coming off of season-ending ankle surgery
Sources Tell Us

"I think he's going to fall but only because he's coming out in a season where there are so many backs. That position will be devalued and you might be able to grab him later than you might expect for a player who can help you on all three downs." -- AFC team scouting director

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league