Senior Bowl Q&A: J.D. Walton

Baylor center J.D. Walton is one of the top centers in the country, and is a likely third round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.'s Chris Steuber caught up with Walton in Mobile. Find out what NFL teams are showing the most interest inside...

Chris Steuber: How are you enjoying the Senior Bowl experience so far?

J.D. Walton: I’m having a blast out here. I’m getting to meet all the guys and just enjoying my time. Going to practice everyday with all of these guys has been the best thing about this experience. I’d much rather practice than fill out all of the paperwork that’s come my way.

Walton is a great leader in the trenches, but has to work on his feet to get to the second level.
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CS: Speaking of the paperwork, I’m sure it’s from NFL teams that want to know about you. What teams have you met with so far?

Walton: I’ve talked to the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers; there’s been a bunch of teams.

CS: It’s interesting that you named the Cowboys. When you were on stage during the weigh-in on Monday, I overheard Jerry Jones (Cowboys owner) talking to his scouts about you. He seemed very interested. For you personally, what would it be like to wear that star on your helmet?

Walton: That would be a dream come true. The Cowboys are a team that I’ve loved since I was a little kid. Playing for the Cowboys would be awesome, but just playing in the NFL would be incredible.

CS: Who’s been the toughest matchup for you in the trenches so far during practice?

Walton: As far as weight, it would have to be Terrence Cody. He’s the biggest guy out there. But as far as quickness, everybody is quick. The guys from Georgia (Jeff Owens and Geno Atkins) are quick. The guy from Tennessee (Dan Williams) is quick. They all have their pluses and minuses.

CS: What aspect of your game are you trying to improve on this week?

Walton: I have to work on getting to the second level; sticking linebackers. I can find the linebackers, but it’s about getting on them and pushing them out of the way. That’s what I’m focusing on right now.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the network and on If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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