Confident In the Middle

The Jaguars have seen the middle of their offensive line get terrorized by opposing defenses from the time of their last playoff exit in January of 2008. With the ever-ascending age and injuries of Vince Manuwai and Brad Meester, the team is looking to get younger and more aggressive on the interior. Find out which former collegiate star has made a solid impression on Gene Smith and the Jags.

Former Baylor center J.D. Walton has seemingly been on the Jaguars radar ever since they first caught sight of him during this year's regular season. The affection grew as Walton received plenty of attention while in Mobile for January's Senior Bowl.

"I'm having a blast out here," Walton told Scout.com's Chris Steuber at the Senior Bowl. "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."

Walton dominated his position at the Senior Bowl and put some distance between him and the other senior centers.

"I feel like I have strengths at everything I'm doing," Walton said when asked about his game. "Pass blocking ability I'm good at. Run blocking."

Playing in the Big 12 allowed Walton the opportunity to go up against two of the very best defensive tackles in college football, in Ndakumong Suh and Gerald McCoy.

"It was awesome," Walton said about playing against the top-tiered competition. "The coaching and the conference I played in was huge. There were great defensive tackles I played every week. I feel well prepared for the obstacles I'm going to come across in the NFL.''

Walton spent his freshman season at guard before making the switch to center as a sophomore.

"I played center the past three years. I was calling out front protections as a sophomore.''

Walton was asked about the spread offense that his Baylor Bears employed, and how it may affect him going forward in the NFL.

"I don't think it helped or hurt in either way. This year they had a bunch of stuff where I was getting out in space, creating blocks in space and making lanes for our running backs down field. We had a spread, wide open offense.''

At the Senior Bowl, Walton was told that he had to work on getting to the second level better. He's apparently taken the advice to heart.

"I've definitely been working on foot work and getting off blocks," the former Baylor center told reporters at the combine. "I've been working with an O-Line coach in Atlanta where I've been working out. I've focused on the stuff I need to get better.''

Walton is a smart guy who has been the leader of his Baylor offense for three seasons, and isn't lacking for confidence.

"The quicker someone gets me on their team, the quicker I can help them out.''

Jaguars fans should stay tuned, as the Jaguars could be the team that Walton helps out.

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