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Mark Walton | Running Back

Team: Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 205

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Bengals selected Miami RB Mark Walton with the No. 112 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Walton (5’10/202) operated as the Hurricanes’ 2016 feature back before missing all but four games as a 2017 junior with injuries to both ankles. He turned pro with a career 395/2,006/5.1/26 rushing line and 56 receptions. Walton’s NFL evaluation is clouded by injuries, but NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah passed along scout comparisons for Walton to Devonta Freeman. Walton’s stock took a hit in Indy with 4.60 speed and a 9-foot-10 broad jump. Walton’s exciting game tape remains the reason he’s worth a shot. Walton wins in similar ways to Gio Bernard, so either the Bengals have a type or Bernard could be on a different roster following the 2018 season. Apr 28 - 12:45 PM

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An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Miami (FL) RB Mark Walton should have stayed in school.

"He should have stayed in school," the scout said. "He’s not very good. Just kind of a one-speed guy and gets tackled easily. No elusiveness." Yikes. McGinn did get another quality report from another anonymous scout, saying that Walton has a "PHD in football" and that he's "explosive." Walton (5'10/202) appears to be one of the more divisive backs in this class. He could go anywhere from the end of the third to the end of Day 3.
Apr 24 - 5:14 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris passes along that Miami RB Mark Walton is taking an official predraft visit to the Giants.

Walton (5'10/202) could potentially be selected in the second or third round, though we'd put his likeliest range as early on Day 3. While some parties view him as a sleeper back in this class, his athletic testing results at the combine were not particularly encouraging -- he posted a composite score which landed him in just the 15th percentile of NFL running backs.
Apr 10 - 1:13 PM's Dane Brugler passes along that Miami RB Mark Walton will have a private workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers will also be bringing in LSU RB Derrius Guice for a workout as they do their due diligence on a few of the running backs in this draft class. Walton (5'10/202) is going to need to perform well when given the opportunity in workouts such as this one with the Bucs, as his combine showing was one of the more disappointing ones in Indianapolis. Coming off season-ending ankle surgery, Walton went out and slogged through the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds, with his jumps of 31.5 inches (vertical) and 118 inches (broad) also failing to stand out. Walton's not in danger of dropping out of the draft, but his chances for a Day 2 selection -- already something of an outside possibility even before the combine stumble -- have dimmed.
Mar 14 - 3:45 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Miami RB Mark Walton to Patriots tailback James White.

Walton (5'10/188) ran a "disappointing 4.60 second 40 yard dash at the NFL Scouting combine, but keep in mind he is coming off season-ending ankle surgery in October. Zierlein mentions that he needs to trust his blocking more and "dances" too much, but he has an impressive combination of power and speed when he's healthy. This is a loaded class of tailbacks, but Walton has a great chance of going early on Day 3 assuming a team trusts he can stay healthy.
Mar 11 - 1:37 PM

Miami RB Mark Walton ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Walton (5'10/188) has largely been out of the limelight since undergoing campaign-ending surgery on his right ankle at the beginning of October. We were excited to see him at the combine, but his 40-yard dash was far from encouraging. More encouraging? A slick 18 reps on the bench press and a respectably above-average broad jump of 119 inches. Walton has met with Eagles and Giants while in Indianapolis.
Mar 2 - 5:09 PM

Miami RB Mark Walton met with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.

Each team has a big need at running back at the moment. Walton (5'10/188) hasn't had the best start to his NFL Combine experience, and he comes with big durability questions. However, he's a versatile runner who could carve out a third-down niche early on in his NFL career. It's looking like he may be available on Day 3.
Mar 2 - 3:40 PM's Lance Zierlein compares Miami RB Mark Walton to Patriots RB James White.

Zierlein expects Walton (5'10/188) to be drafted in Round 4 and said he's "a fluid combo back with the ability to compete for committee carries and third down snaps." An AFC team scouting director believes in Walton's talent but said, "He's going to fall but only because he's coming out in a season where there are so many backs" and "you might be able to grab him later than you might expect for a player who can help you on all three downs." Beyond Zierlein's comparison of Walton to White, he also was compared to another versatile back in Falcons RB Devonta Freeman by NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah. Walton's draft stock has the potential to rise quite a bit with a good performance at the combine.
Feb 26 - 7:16 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang lists Miami RB Mark Walton as the "must-watch" running back participating in the NFL Scouting Combine.

Walton was recently cleared as a full participant for the combine, and the former Hurricanes' tailback should "show out," as the kids say. As Rang notes, players who are coming off major injuries are often the most anticipated in the combine, and because Walton missed a large portion of the year after undergoing season-ending ankle surgery. "Though Walton only played two and a half seasons for the Hurricanes, he left tied for fifth in school history with 26 rushing touchdowns, a testament to the fluid change of direction and explosive acceleration that should result in impressive workout numbers," Rang writes. NFL Draft Scout currently has Walton as the 13th best running back in the class, which earns him a potential fourth-or-fifth round grade.
Feb 24 - 9:52 PM

Miami RB Mark Walton plans to be a full participant at the NFL Combine.

This is an update on a November tweet from Dane Brugler. Walton went down in early October after season-ending right ankle surgery. Walton is an impressive player when healthy, but his likely sub-200 pound frame likely will keep him on the board until the third day.
Feb 20 - 11:47 AM

Miami RB Mark Walton has drawn comparisons to Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

Jeremiah notes that that Walton has come up "a bunch" in Jeremiah's conversations with NFL evaluators. The former Hurricane tailback missed most of 2017 after undergoing an ankle injury in early October, but he was a star as a sophomore, and was averaging 7.6 yards per carry before going down. "He missed a lot of time last season due to injury, but his skill set is very intriguing to NFL scouts," Jeremiah writes. "He's drawing comparisons to Devonta Freeman."
Feb 5 - 12:54 PM

Miami junior RB Mark Walton, who will declare for the NFL Draft, is expected to be healthy in time to participate in the NFL Combine.

Walton went down in early October with a right ankle injury that required surgery. Walton has a chance to land in the top 100 if he has a clean process and his medicals check out.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 11:39:00 AM

Miami junior RB Mark Walton will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

According to Inside the League's Neil Stratton, Walton has signed with agent Zac Hiller, ending his collegiate eligibility. Walton (5'9/205) will be an interesting evaluation for NFL scouts. The talent is obviously there -- he rushed for 428 yards on 7.6 YPC in four games this season before going down and dropped 1,117 yards and 14 scores on 5.3 YPC last year -- but Walton faces durability questions. He was shut down in early October due to an ankle injury. Last Month,'s Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Walton has "outstanding vision, instincts and balance" and is "ultra quick in short areas" in addition to being a "capable receiver out of the backfield." Right now, we'd peg him as a late-Day 2 or early-Day 3 value. That could change for the better or worse depending on his medicals and how he tests out in Indy at the NFL Combine.
Source: Diehards
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 04:49:00 PM

Miami junior RB Mark Walton will undergo season-ending surgery on his right ankle.

Walton injured his ankle near the end of Saturday's win over Florida State. Miami HC Mark Richt declined to offer further specifics as to the exact nature of that injury, but explained that "it’s the type of surgery that guys that have had it have recovered 100-percent and never had an issue with that type of thing again." The loss is a significant one for the Hurricanes, as Walton had rushed for 428 yards (7.6 YPC) and three touchdowns in four games this season. Travis Homer (213 yards, 8.3 YPC, three touchdowns) will take on the bulk of carries moving forward with Walton sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 02:08:00 AM

Miami junior RB Mark Walton (ankle) is not listed on the injury report in advance of Saturday's game against Florida State.

Walton has been dealing on-and-off with an ankle injury over the last two weeks, but it has not stopped him from rushing for a combined 255 yards in wins over Toledo and Duke. If the 5-foot-9, 205-pounder is limited or held out on Saturday, Travis Homer would take over starting duties in the backfield for the Hurricanes.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 02:32:00 PM