Mark Walton Draft Profile

Mark Walton draft profile

Strengths:

  • Short in stature, but powerful
  • Runs with knee bend and balance
  • Finds yardage for himself when blocking isn’t there
  • Good acceleration to the corner
  • Drops pads and gets forward lean into first contact
  • Effective attacking linebackers out of backfield
  • Good ball tracker on wheel routes
  • Hands are sticky like a wideout
  • Didn’t fumble over his last 274 carries

Analysis: Mark¬†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. He is short, but powerful especially in his lower body–built like tree trunks. He lowers his pads into defenders to fight for extra yardage, always leaning forward. He has the speed to outrun defenders to the outside and that’s where the majority of his long runs came from. The receiving game is where he will likely make a name for himself in the pros. His hands are as good as any wideout and he understands the routes he runs (wheels, angles, flats, screens etc.). He is a nightmare for linebackers in space/receiving game. Ball security is a plus, 274 touches without a fumble in college.

Weaknesses:

  • Way too much dancing
  • Shows distrust of the blocking plan and will void the rush track early
  • Vision and decisiveness as inside runner are below average
  • Run strength is average
  • Long-strider for a short back
  • Uses gather step pre-cut rather than plant-and-go delaying downhill burst
  • Coming off of season-ending ankle surgery

Analysis: Mark Walton’s tape was very inconsistent–I found myself watching more 2016 tape than this year due to an ankle injury that eventually cost Walton his season. He is a very indecisive runner, dancing too much rather than seeing a crease and hitting it with vigor. Simple reasoning for this is he does not trust his blockers in front of him, looking to bounce outside instead of taking what is there. That indecision will impact his trustworthiness from offensive coaches at the next level.¬†Walton has the ability to become a solid backup who can handle a heavier touch load over smaller stretches if needed.

Size: 5’10 202lbs

Draft Grade: 5th round

NFL Comparison: Alex Collins

Draft Projection: Round 5

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