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Getting drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers just the beginning for L.T. Walton

When the Steelers drafted L.T. Walton in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft, it was an exciting time for the defensive lineman, but it was just the beginning, not the end.

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When most review the Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 NFL Draft, it is easy to forget about Leterrius (L.T.) Walton. When you have players like Bud Dupree, Senquez Golson, Doran Grant, Sammie Coates and Gerod Holliman there are play makers throughout the draft class. When you have dynamic athletes in the class, the more average fan won't pay much attention to L.T. Walton as a defensive lineman, but maybe they should.

Since being drafted, Walton has tried to get comfortable in the Steel City, as well as within the Steelers' organization. When Walton spoke with Mike Prisuta of he talked about who he has been looking up to since getting into the team's South Side practice facility.

"Since I've been here I've been looking up to Cam Heyward. He's a prime example of how to work and how to do things around here."

Cameron Heyward would be a great person to pal around with in terms of getting your feet wet at the professional level, but also in terms of learning the tricks of the trade along the defensive line at the next level. Can Walton be an impact player in training camp and possibly make the team's 53-man roster? Certainly. If there is a position which the depth is severely in question, it would be along the defensive line. After Heyward and Stephon Tuitt, the depth leaves much to be desired. Cam Thomas and Clifton Geathers are the next in line, and it will be up to Walton to claim his spot among those players if he wants to send a message that he is there to play and not just claim a spot on the team's practice squad.

There are some players who relax once they are drafted and feel they have accomplished their dream of making it to the NFL, but don't put Walton into that category. "Being drafted was a huge thing for me and my family but that's not the end of it."

If Walton wants to not only stick with the Steelers organization, but be a player who suits up on game days, he will have to continue to want to prove his worth not only to himself, but to his teammates and coaches on a day-to-day basis. Essentially following Heyward's lead as it is that type of work ethic which has turned Heyward into one of the premier 3-4 defensive lineman in the NFL.