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L.T. Walton: The next 6th round pick from Central Michigan to impress the Steelers?

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Leterrius "L.T." Walton comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft from Central Michigan. Very similar to another Steelers player drafted from the same school in the same round. Could Walton follow suit in terms of career path?

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There has been a tremendous amount of speculation and discussion surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 NFL Draft class. From Bud Dupree to Gerod Holliman, there are some intriguing players in the group the Steelers brought in on draft day, but one play who isn't getting much ink is the team's 6th round pick from Central Michigan, L.T. Walton.

A 6th round draft pick from Central Michigan. If that triggers something in your memory, it is most likely due to the fact Steelers' WR Antonio Brown hailed form Central Michigan and also was selected in the 6th round of the NFL Draft. That is where the comparisons between the two players stop, but will Walton be able to match the production of Brown despite being a late round draft pick?

Walton is a converted offensive lineman who is still very rough around the edges in terms of technique along the defensive line. Watching his film shows an extremely athletic lineman who relies on instinct and athleticism over technique and responsibility. Defensive line coach John Mitchell will have his work cut out for him in terms of getting Walton game ready for the NFL.

In this film breakdown you see several aspects of Walton's game which had him get drafted by the Steelers, along with several reasons why he was drafted in the 6th round, despite being pegged as a 4th or 5th round pick prior to the draft.

Walton's vision is clearly a strength of his as he never loses the ball while playing along the line. This ability helps trigger several plays seen in this breakdown, including the first play shown where Walton's hit causes a fumble which is recovered by the defense. Standing at 6-foot 5-inches, Walton has the size, and as a former baseball and basketball player as well, the athleticism to make plays along the defensive line.

Although Walton struggles against double teams, his ability to grasp the Steelers 3-4 scheme and understand his role along the defensive line will be a large part in whether he is able to make the team's 53-man roster, be placed on the practice squad or not make the team at all.

In this brief highlight reel, you can see Walton's athleticism on display. A "high-motor" player like Walton would be a great asset for the Steelers in their rotation along the defensive line. After the draft, John Mitchell stated the following skills Walton will have to improve on before being considered 'NFL-ready'. "The things he is going to have to learn how to do a little bit better is use his hands, get off blocks, and be a little more physical at the point of attack, but when you can get a guy who is 6-4, 319, that can run and stay on his feet that is a big plus."

So, after the breakdowns, after the highlights, will L.T. Walton be able to make the Steelers' roster, or is his production at the pro level essentially a stab in the dark? Looking at the depth chart, after Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt, the Steelers depth along the defensive end seems to be up for grabs. Cam Thomas and Clifton Geathers represent the experience along the line, while Ethan Hemer, Matt Conrath, Niko Davis and Joe Kruger seem entrenched in the battle with Walton for the final spots along the defensive line.

Walton has the measurables to be a player in the NFL, but his technique still leaves a lot to be desired. Mitchell has been able to turn players with the potential of Walton into regulars along the team's defensive line, but whether he will be able to produce as a rookie is the question on the table. Walton will have to perform well in training camp, as well as in the preseason, to prove his worth. In a preseason with 5 games, a player like Walton might be able to make the team with more opportunities than the normal 4 game preseason.